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Vol. 5, No. 17 October 29,1977 

The Gay Weekly 


noble 'probably' 
won't run, p.1 

why the mass. 

bill failed, p.3 
gay vampires, 14 

Vol. 5, No. 17 

© GCN, 1977 

(617) 426-4469 

Rep. Noble 

By Neil Miller 

BOSTON — Rep. Elaine Noble, the 
nation’s first and only openly lesbian 
legislator, has announced that she will 
“probably not” be running for re- 
election. In an exclusive interview with 
GCN, Noble stated that “I don’t think 
I’ll be running” against her old 
political ally, Rep. Barney Frank, in 
the 1978 elections. Frank and Noble 
have served together in the House since 
Noble’s election in 1974. However, 
under the redistricting plan approved 
by the legislature this year which will 
cut the number of seats in the House 
from 240 to 160, Noble and Frank’s 
districts were virtually merged. 

The possibility of a Noble-Frank 
primary battle has fueled much interest 
in the press and created a polarizing sit¬ 
uation in Boston’s gay community. 
Noble was critical of the “pressure and 
viciousness” surrounding the possi¬ 
bility of such a race and has stated 
many times that she objected to the 
fact that pressure was being put on her, 
and not on Frank, to step aside. A 


Rep. Elaine Noble 

Won’t Run 

recent poll commissioned by Noble 
showed her trailing far behind Frank in 
a two-person race. 

In addition to not wishing to run 
against Frank, Noble cited “personal t 
family problems,” for her decision to 
bow out. 

Rep. Frank, when informed of the 
Noble statement, told GCN, “Ob¬ 
viously I’d be relieved if that happened 
as I’m sure a lot of other people would 
too. I’d be very supportive of her in 
whatever she wanted to do.” 

Noble emphasized that she felt 
“really badly” about last week’s 129- 
93 defeat of the civil service bill, on 
which she had staked much of her leg¬ 
islative prestige. She believes that the 
bill “got as far as it did because of my 
relationships at the State House.” She 
also asserted that she “won’t stop 
working for it [the bill] once out of the 

Noble blamed the defeat of the bill 
on the anti-gay political climate, 
brought about by the Florida defeat, 


October 29.1977 

the rise of the “New Right,” and the 
recent Supreme Court decision in the 
Gaylord case. “We were swimming up¬ 
stream against the political climate. We 
won in many ways, we made major in¬ 
roads, we broke down many stereo¬ 
types,” she said. 

.“At present we’re shooting for ’79, 
in terms of the bill. Election Year is not 
the year to bring up any cause in the 
legislature, whether it be liberal or con¬ 
servative. In election year ’78, the most 
important thing to do is to get involved 
in our friends’ campaigns. And we 
could see who our friends were from 
the votes on this bill.” 

Noble’s future political plans are not 
clear at this time. Rumors have been 
circulating that she might be interested 
in running for Boston City Council, as¬ 
suming that the two referendums es¬ 
tablishing district representation are 
approved in this fall’s election. 
However, if the two referendums are 
passed, the change in the council would 
not take place until 1979. 

Vara Associate Charged With Atlanta Arson 

ATLANTA, Ga. — Frank Cash- 
man, long-time associate of controver¬ 
sial Boston bar-owners Henry and 
Carmine Vara, has been indicted in 
Atlanta for allegedly attempting to 
burn down a discotheque cabaret 
which was competing with one of his 
own bars. Cashman turned himself in 
to Atlanta police two days after a 
Fulton Councy grand jury indicted him 
and Keith R. Langan on charges of 
second-degree arson. 

The indictment, approved by the 
grand jury on Oct. 11, charges 
Cashman and Langan with climbing 
onto the roof of the Magic Garden 
club in the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 
2, and pouring gasoline down a venti¬ 
lator and starting the fire. The fire 
destroyed the cabaret portion of the 
club, which had opened four days 
before the fire. 

Both Cashman and Langan face one 
to ten years on the arson charge. Both 
men were released on $10,000 bond. 

One extremely reliable Atlanta 

Frank Cashman 

source told GCN that there was “no 
hard evidence” implicating Cashman 
in the fire, although the police are 
promising to produce a “secret wit¬ 
ness.” “It’s all circumstantial,” said 
the source. “The motivation seems to 
be there, but that’s all.” The source 

New Bedford Man Sues Police 

BOSTON — A 24-year-old man last 
week filed suit against five New Bed¬ 
ford police officers charging them with 
harassment and deprivation of civil 
rights because he is a homosexual. The 
plaintiff, Earle W. Weeks, is seeking a 
total of $500,000 in damages. 

The suit alleges that on July 31, 
Officers Frank Guzaj and Robert 
Trojak illegally searched the man’s car, 
and without probable cause, placed 
him in a police car. Officer Kenneth 
Gifford then joined the other two 
officers, according to the complaint, 
and brought Weeks to a cell, where 
Gifford kicked him, banged his head 
against the wall, and twisted his arm 
behind his back. Gifford also is ac¬ 
cused of verbally abusing the 
defendant, and threatening to kill him 
if he ever found him in downtown New 
Bedford again. 

The officers are accused of placing 
Weeks in jail under the Massachusetts 
“protective custody” statue, although 

they did not follow the requirements of 
the law, which entitle the subject to a 
telephone call and a sobriety test. 
Weeks asserts that he is a non-drinker. 
(The two other officers named in the 
complaint were in charge of the police 
station at the time of the incident.) 

On Sept. 19, the suit charges that 
Trojak and Guzaj parked their police 
car in front of the plaintiff’s house, 
and remained there until the next 

Under the Civil Rights Acts, it is un¬ 
lawful for any person to deprive any 
other persons of their constitutional 
rights. The suit charges the New 
Bedford officers with violating Weeks’ 
rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, 
Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Fourteenth 
amendments to the U.S. Constitution. 
These involve his rights under: a) free¬ 
dom from illegal search and seizure, b) 
freedom from illegal detention, c) free¬ 
dom of association, d) freedom from 
(Continued on page 9) 

also noted that a front-page article 
about Cashman in the Atlanta Journal 
“virtually convicted him on the front 
page and ran through the entire gay 

In the last year, Cashman-Vara 
enterprises have opened three bars in 
Atlanta. One bar — the Encore disco 
and bar — is reportedly very successful 
and responsive to the community as 
well. However, another Vara bar had 
to close because of lack of business, 
while the application for a third bar 
was rejected by the Atlanta Licensing 
Board, citing lack of adequate parking. 

The Cashman-Vara enterprises 
moved South last year after a long-time 
legal battle over two of their Boston 
bars — Jacques and The Other Side. 
The two bars were strongly opposed by 
Rep. Barney Frank and the Bay Village 

Neighborhood Association on the 
grounds that they were noisy and were 
detrimental to a primarily residential 
neighborhood. The Other Side is now 
closed, having moved its operations to 
Together, but Jacques remains open 
until 12 midnight. 

The Magic Garden, the Atlanta bar 
where the fire took place, is listed as 
having Ron Zappi, who managed the 
Land of Oz in Boston, as major stock¬ 
holder. Zappi was also bartender at the 
Highway Inn in Byfield, Mass. Ac¬ 
cording to an article in the Boston 
Herald, Ron Larson, who was involved 
with the old Cabaret in Boston, was the 
“designer” of the Magic Garden. The 
old Cabaret itself (now 15 Lansdowne 
Street and the Rainbow Room) was 
destroyed by fire. 

A Sticky Face for Anita 

DES MOINES, IOWA — A gay ac¬ 
tivist hit singer Anita Bryant in the face 
with a strawberry-rhubarb pie on 
October 14 as the anti-gay crusader 
was holding a press conference here. 
Bryant had just received the keys to the 
city of Des Moines. The pie, thrown by 
Tom Higgins of Minneapolis who is as¬ 
sociated with the Target Cities Coali¬ 
tion there, was a direct hit and covered 
the singer from forehead to chin. 

Bryant’s first reaction was to ex¬ 
claim, “At least it’s a fruit pie.” She 
knelt in prayer, asking God to deliver 
the pie-thrower from his “deviancy” 
and then began to cry. Both Bryant 
and her husband, Bob Green, agreed 
not to press charges against Higgins. 

However, Patrick Schwartz, another 
Minnesotian who successfully pied that 
city’s anti-gay archbishop recently, 
charged that Green seized a pie which 
he was carrying and pied him in the 
face in the parking lot shortly after 
the Bryant incident. Schwartz, who 
called himself a “willing recipient,” 
noted that when he reminded Green 
that both he and his wife had urged 
that no action be taken against the pie- 
thrower, Green responded that “I must 

have been temporarily insane when I 
said that.” 

Schwartz asserted that the pieing of 
Bryant was the fourth successful action 
by the group in recent months. Other 
victims, in addition to Bryant and 
Archbishop John Roach, were anti-gay 
Minnesota Senator Marion Menning 
and Paul Rimarcik, who aided the 
Bryant campaign while head of the 
Big Brothers of Minneapolis. “There is 
nothing more humiliating than getting 
a pie in your face,” a very pleased 
Schwartz told GCN. 

news notes 


MIAMI, Fla. — Two lawsuits have left the coffers 
of "Save Our Children” empty and placed the or¬ 
ganization, which led the anti-gay forces in Dade 
County, under a court order to change its name. In 
an interview with the Associated Press, the group's 
spokesperson Mike Thompson indicated that unless 
singer Anita Bryant comes to the group's aid with 
money and support, "Save Our Children" may have 
to disband. 

Attorney Robert Brake, another leader of the 
anti-gay forces, concurred with the Thompson 
view. "We've exhausted our treasury on these 
suits," said Brake. The two lawsuits include one by 
"Save The Children" of Westport, Conn., to force 
the Miami group to change its name, and another 
by the family of a murdered San Francisco gay man, 
Robert Hillsborough. 


NEW YORK — At its 36th general conference, the 
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has taken a 
stand in favor of gay rights. The organization was 
one of the major forces in American labor until the 
early '20s when it was led by now legendary figures 
like Joe Hill and Big Bill Haywood. 

In its October statement, the organization 
resolved that "the IWW recognizes the current 
crusade against the rights of homosexuals as 
another attack on the rights of all working people. 
We support the efforts to defend homosexuals and 
bisexuals against these attacks, and support the 
inclusion of sexual-preference protection in the 
non-discrimination clauses of union contracts." 


BOSTON — A meeting to explore the planning of 
a Gay Community Center for Boston was scheduled 
to be held on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 96 Beacon St. in 
Boston from 3 to 5 p.m. The meeting was sponsored 
by the Human Achievement Gay Education Service 
and another exploratory session will take place on 
Sunday, Nov. 6 at the same time. Anyone 
interested in more information should contact Al 
Bouchard at 277-2484. 


NEW YORK — A Third World gay men's group has 
been newly found in New York City under the name 
of "Tri-Base Collective." The Tri-Base Collective for 
Native Americans, Asians, blacks and Hispanics 
made their first public appearance at the Aug. 20 
1977 Protest March for Human Rights at the United 
Nations. The group is concerned with the alienation 
and isolation which Third World people experience 
and encounter in our gay community. Anyone inter¬ 
ested in the group should contact them at 533-4492. 


NEW YORK — Less than a year after he ordained 
Ellen Marie Barrett as the first openly lesbian priest 
in the Episcopal Church, New York Bishop Paul 
Moore, Jr., has promised not to ordain any 
"publicly avowed, practicing homosexual" until a 
diocesan commission appointed by him studies the 
issue. Moore made his announcement during the 
199th annual diocesan convention at Manhattan's 
Cathedral of St. John the Divine. 

The Episcopal Church has been under strong 
pressure to modify its liberal attitudes on women 
priests and gays, and Bishop Moore himself 
narrowly missed being censured at the recent 
national convention of the Church. In response to 
the bishop's announcement, the lesbian woman 
whorti he ordained, Ellen Marie Barrett, told the 
New York Times “I think he [Bishop Moore] is 
trying to bring some peace on the issue." 

Speaking to 450 lay delegates and priests, Bishop 
Moore said that T personally feel that the day may 
come soon when a responsible homosexual rela¬ 
tionship will be seen as not contrary to God's will." 
The church commission is scheduled to report to the 
Bishop next year. 

Page 2, * GCN, October 29, 1977 


BOSTON — New therapy groups for lesbians and 
gay men will start in the next few weeks at the 
Homophile Community Health Service, 80 Boylston 
St., Boston. 

A 12-week women's personal growth group is 
now being organized, to meet Monday nights, 7:30 
to 9 p.m. The group will explore personal issues 
brought by its members. 

A men's therapy group, with a 6-month committ¬ 
ment, is also forming. Interpersonal relationships, 
gayness, individual growth needs, and common life 
experiences will be explored by the members. The 
men's group will meet Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 

A pre-group interview is required of all partici¬ 
pants. Anyone interested can call HCHS at 


ATLANTA, Ga. — The Atlanta gay monthly, The 
Barb, the primary source of gay news for the South, 
has decided to cease publication following last 
Friday's issue. Bill Smith, the newspaper's editor, 
cited financial reasons as the reason for the paper's 
closing. The demise of The Barb leaves a bar guide, 
Cruise, and a lesbian-feminist newsletter, ALFA, as 
the only gay publications for the city's thriving gay 

The closing of The Barb follows on the heels of 
the demise of the Charlotte Free Press, a relatively 
new publication which ceased publication last 


PHILADELPHIA — A book on gay experience to 
meet the needs of young lesbians and gay men is 
being prepared by Frances Hanckel and John Cun¬ 
ningham, activists and members of the American 
Library Association Gay Task Force. They would 
appreciate receiving reminiscences, anecdotes or 
comments about what it means to be a gay adoles¬ 
cent. Any material can be sent to them at P.O. Box 
2383, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 


GEISSEN, West Germany — Some fifteen gay and 
lesbian rights groups in West Germany have issued 
a statement strongly condemning the anti-gay 
reaction in the United States. The gay groups noted 
that the anti-gay campaign in the U.S. "very closely 
parallels the ideology of the Nazi regime under 
Hitler." [We] "pledge ourselves to fight with all 
available democratic means any and all attempts to 
deprive gay men and women of their due rights," 
said the statement. 

Anyone wishing to get in touch with gay and 
lesbian groups in the Federal Republic of Germany 
should write: Schwulengruppe Giessen (Gruppe H) 
Postfach 5501, 63 Getssen, West Germany. • 


BOSTON — The Gay Nurses' Alliance has 
announced final plans for its first annual confer¬ 
ence/educational symposium to be held on Nov. 12 
at Boston's Old West Church. The conference, open 
to all health care professionals and consumers of 
health care, will stress both gay and women's 
health care issues. Featured speakers include Rep. 
Elaine Noble; Norman Swenson and Judy 
Norsigian, authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves ; and 
Wilma Scott Heide, R.N., past president of National 

Afternoon workshops will include "Gay People/ 
Straight Health Care" to be presented by G. David 
Waldron; "Sexually Transmitted Diseases," a 
workshop by Dr. Sanford Reder; "Gay Issues in 
Mental Health," by Marilyn Anderson-Richard; and 
"Substance Abuse in the Gay Community," a 
workshop to be facilitated by Linda Hamlin. Also on 
the afternoon program is a workshop on "Women's 
Health Care" to be given by the Women's Health 
Collective of Cambridge. 

For more information, people are urged to write 
the GNA, Box 530, Back Bay Annex, Boston 02117 
or phone 825-3368. Registration fee will be $15 for 
non-members and $10 for members of the Alliance. 
Students and retired persons will be admitted for 
$7 each. 


CAMBRIDGE — A 42-year-old Boston man had his 
case continued without a finding for two years in 
Cambridge District Court last week. The man had 
been arrested in September for "unnatural acts" in 
the Cambridge Bird Sanctuary opposite Browne and 
Nichols School in Cambridge. Judge Richard Sher¬ 
man assessed the defendant $250 in court costs. 


NEW YORK — Robert Rygor, long-time gay acti¬ 
vist, Lobby for Human Rights, has announced candi¬ 
dacy for the Democratic nomination for the New 
York State Assembly in the 64th A.D. — the Green¬ 
wich Village-Chelsea community. 

Rygor served as national coordinator for Gays for 
Carter and is responsible for amending the New 
York University Affirmative Action program to in¬ 
clude the rights of gay people. 

At New York University, where Robert Rygor re¬ 
ceived a BS-MBA degree in Finance, he said, ”1 am 
anxious to take on the fight for New York as I be¬ 
lieve that that fight is a continuation of the war our 
community has waged for social justice." 


BARCELONA, SPAIN — As liberalization contin¬ 
ues in Spain in the wake of the fall of Franco, a new 
gay organization has been established in Bar¬ 
celona. The group, called the Lambda Institute, will 
provide community services in Spain's second 
largest city. The Institute hopes to hold conferences 
and seminars, open a medical clinic, provide coun¬ 
seling and legal assistance, and establish a com¬ 
munity centre. 

Anyone interested in contacting the group could 
write Lambda Institute, Apartado de Correos, 9042, 
Barcelona, Spain. 


BOSTON — Boston area gay civil rights and busi¬ 
ness leaders have invited the public to join them for 
"The Big Splash," an evening of entertainment, re¬ 
freshments and education at the New England 
Aquarium, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7:30 to midnight. 
Sponsored by Gay Legislation and the Gay Business 
Association, the event is slated as an opportunity 
for people to meet and learn more about the va¬ 
riety of gay organizations which are of service to 
the community and as a fund-raising benefit. 

Proceeds frorq "The Big Splash" will support the 
work of Gay Legislation, the lobbying organization, 
and the Gay Business Association. 

Throughout the Aquarium, information tables 
will be set up by a variety of gay religious, social, 
health care and political organizations. Music and 
mime will provide entertainment and hors 
d oeuvres will be accompanied by a cash bar. 

A donation of $5.00 is requested for tickets sold 
in advance; $6.00 at the door. .Tickets may be 
secured by writing "The Big Splash," c/o The New 
England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA. 
02110. Checks should be made out to "The Big 


news commentary 


Redistricting Major Factor in Mass. Bill’s Defeat 

By David Brill 

BOSTON — The fifth year that the 
issue of gay rights confronted the 
Massachusetts Legislature was also the 
most arduous year for gay lobbyists. 
They were hampered by a number of 
things beyond their control, such as the 
Supreme Court decision and Anita 
Bryant’s Dade County victory. 

But perhaps nothing hurt so much as 
the redistricting of the House of Rep¬ 
resentatives. In the lower chamber, 80 
legislative seats have been abolished 
for next year as a result of a League of 
Women Voters plan to make the legis¬ 
lature more “efficient.” The most ef¬ 
ficient and immediate result of the 
League’s plan was the scuttling of gay 

Several pairs of representatives were 
carefully watching each other’s votes 
on gay rights. In Quincy, Rep. James 
Sheets would have voted “yes” if he 

could count on Rep. Michael 
Morrissey, his 1978 opponent, to do 
the same. Rep. Robert Cerasoli 
certainly would have done the same, 
but he will face Rep. Mark Fizsimmons 
of Weymouth — a “no” vote under 
any circumstances — in 1978. And in 
Medford, Rep. John Granara and Rep. 
Angelo Marotta will be battling it out 
next year, and neither one was willing 
to risk the reputation of being Med¬ 
ford’s sole gay rights advocate. 

So when the votes were taken, it 
came as no surprises that Sheets, 
Morrissey, Cerasoli, Granara, and 
Marotta all cast their votes in the nega¬ 

Rep. William Galvin of Brighton- 
Allston was more concerned with the 
race for State Senate he has planned 
against Sen. Francis X. McCann of 
Cambridge next year. (Galvin wanted 
to exclude police and firefighters from 

the protections of H.3676.) For a big, 
tough, 27-year-old Irishman, Galvin 
certainly got cold feet on the gay rights 
issue this year. Significantly, he voted 
“present” (no vote at all) on final 
passage of the bill (following a tele¬ 
phone call from Boston City 
Councillor Larry DiCara). 

The redistricting also produced a 
number of courageous votes. Rep. 
Robert Larkin of Needham will be 
running against Rep. Charles Long of 
Dover, who was responsible for the 
defeat of both the 1975 and 1977 bills. 
And Rep. Robert Nardone, who was 
enormously helpful to the gay bill, will 
face Rep. Sal Ciccarelli, who cast a 
“no” vote at every turn. Both Nardone 
and Larkin can be expected to have 
tough fights on their hands next year. 

A special word of thanks must go to 
Rep. Caroline Stouffer of Hingham, 
who sponsored this year’s legislation 

and maintained a strongly supportive 
stance, despite the fact that she will 
face Rep. Mary Murray of Cohasset, a 
conservative Republican, in next year’s 

It worked the other way, too. 
Although she has been in the House 
ever since the first gay rights debate in r 
1973, Rep. Marie Howe has never 
taken the floor to oppose the issue. 
But she is in trouble in Somerville with 
Rep. Mary Fantasia next year, and her 
vicious words may in fact help her in 
her campaign. (Howe’s popularity 
took a dip when she was arrested for 
biting a police officer’s finger at the 

1976 Tall Ships ceremony). 

Gay Legislation has wrapped up its 

1977 campaign. But any group which 
can effectively tie up the entire Massa¬ 
chusetts Legislature for weeks on end 
must have something going for it. 

Sullivan Pushes for Cambridge Ordinance 

By Bill Callahan 

CAMBRIDGE — David Sullivan is 
considered by many political observers 
to have one of the best chances of the 
non-imcumbent candidates to obtain a 
seat on the Cambridge City Council in 
the Nov. 8 election.[Sullivan is running 
on the Cambridge Convention ’77 slate 
with incumbents Saundra Graham, 
Barbara Ackerman, and Frank 
Duehay, and challengers Mary Ellen 
Preusser, David Wylie, Louis Solano, 
and Beryl Breny. He is one of the 
staunchest proponents of gay rights to 
have entered the campaign. 

“The over-riding issue in this cam¬ 
paign,” said Sullivan, “is what kind of 
city Cambridge is going to be in ten 
years.” Sullivan referred to a range of 
issues from rent control to the property 
tax to the hiring of a civilian police 
commissioner. “The city also needs a 
Human Rights Ordinance,” he added. 

The Human Rights Ordinance is a 
proposal put forth by the Cambridge 
Gay Political Caucus Steering Com¬ 
mittee to establish a Cambridge 

Human Rights Department. Based on 
a similar, but less powerful govern¬ 
ment agencies in Worcester and Fram¬ 
ingham, the proposed department 
would call attention to the violations of 
human rights in Cambridge and call 
for action on those violations. In some 
cases, the Human Rights Department 
would be tmpowered to bring suit in 
situations of any rights-related injus¬ 
tice. The proposal has yet to be 
brought up before the council. 

“Gay rights is a minor issue in this 
campaign. Many people don’t consider 
it very important, but it is important to 
me,” said Sullivan. ‘‘One of the things 
that separates me from some other 
reform-oriented candidates is that not 
only will I strongly support the Human 
Rights Ordinance, but I will actively 
help organize it.” 

The Human Rights Ordinance is the 
centerpiece of Sullivan’s proposed 
action on gay rights. Along with the 
Cambridge Convention slate’s School 
Committee candidates, he supports the 
rights of gay teachers in Cambridge. 

Cranston Declines Goodstein Award 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Alan 
Cranston refused early this month to 
attend or send a representative to an 
awards dinner, sponsored by David B. 
Goodstein, controversial publisher of 
The Advocate. Cranston was one of 
eight people who received Advocate 
awards for “enlightening society to the 
humanity of gay men and women.” 
The award ceremony took place at the 
National Press Club in Washington 
and was in honor of the 10th anniver¬ 
sary of The Advocate. 

Two other award winners — Mar¬ 
garet (Midge) Costanza, President Car¬ 
ter’s aide in charge of public liaison 
and New York Representative and 
mayoralty candidate Edward I. Koch 
— also did not attend the ceremony. 
However, Costanza sent a message and 
Rep. Koch sent an aide to pick up his 

Accepting the awards in person were 
Boston Rep. Elaine Noble, singer-poet 
Rod McKuen, CBS producer Joseph 
Lovett, William Morrow and Com¬ 
pany editorial director James Landis, 
and Mutual Black Network Commen¬ 
tator John Askew. 

Gary Aldridge, Cranston’s openly 
gay aide, told GCN that Cranston 
would have been “far more comfort¬ 
able with an award from the gay com¬ 
munity or from a more representative 
group than a commercial publication.” 
When asked if the nature of The Ad¬ 
vocate, which is well-known for con¬ 

servative political positions and its 
male-oriented advertising, had 
anything to do with the Senator’s re¬ 
luctance to accept the award, Aldridge 
answered, “a little.” “We would have 
had no control as to how the event was 
promoted,” said Aldridge. 

At least two newspapers, however, 
seized on the Senator’s absence to 
make it appar that he was snubbing gay 
people in general. “Cranston Ignores 
Gays,” headlined the Atlanta Consti¬ 
tution, while the Los Angeles Times 
ran the story under the title “Gays 
Give Cranston an Award — in Absen¬ 
tia.” But despite the anti-gay slant to 
the newspaper coverage, Aldridge em¬ 
phasized that Cranston “is not walking 
away from the gay community. People 
understand the particular circumstan¬ 
ces of the event — the 10th anniversary 
of The Advocate.” 

Publisher Goodstein was a strong 
backer of Cranston in the Senator’s 
most recent campaign, and Cranston is 
expected to introduce the national gay 
rights bill in the Senate. Goodstein told 
the Los Angeles Times that he “did not 
wish to embarass my good friend, Alan 
Cranston” and emphasized that the 
Senator had done much to deserve the 
award. “He gives us what most people 
expect from their representatives but 
gay people don’t normally get. I 
frankly think he’s badly served by his 
staff on this one.” 

The mayor, who is elected by the 
Council from their ranks, presides over 
the School Committee. Sullivan said 
that a major consideration in his 
support for a mayor will be his/her 
stand on the issue of gay teachers. 

Among the other issues on which 
Sullivan has taken a stand is rent- 
control. He supports retaining and im¬ 
proving the current system. According 
to Sullivan, rent control allows Cam¬ 
bridge to be the home of different eco¬ 
nomic groups, without which the city 
would become entirely middle and 
upper class. A civilian police commis¬ 
sioner is another priority for the city, 
in order to effect reforms in the police 
department. “This would take the day- 
to-day running of the department away 
from politics,” Sullivan maintained. 

Sullivan is originally from Buffalo, 
N.Y., and has lived in Cambridge for 
the past eight years. He has been in¬ 
volved in local politics for seven. 

Most recently, he was area co¬ 
ordinator for half the district in 
Saundra Graham’s successful 
campaign for state representative last 
year. He was elected to the Democratic 
State Committee from Senator Robert 
LoPresti’s district, which includes 

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parts of Cambridge, East Boston, and 
the North End. 

Presently, the progressives can count 
on four votes in the nine-seat City 
Council. “With one more definite 
vote, we can see a great deal of reform 
in the city government,” said Sullivan. 
“We have a chance for another prog¬ 
ressive seat, and I have got a good 
chance for [winning] it. 

“I’ve been organizing students, and 
I’m the only candidate taking the 
student vote seriously. I have a good 
organization, including the Cambridge 
Gay Political Caucus members. The 
number of progressive voters who turn 
out for the whole slate is crucial. If 
there is a good turn-out on election 
day, I’ll probably win.” 

Sullivan was referring to Cam¬ 
bridge’s proportional representation 
system in which the ballot is turned 
over to the second or third choice once 
the first choice has been declared either 
elected or defeated. If the entire slate is 
voted, each candidate on the slate 
benefits from the votes. 

Sullivan said, “I’m not getting sup¬ 
port because I have a nice smile. I’m 
getting support on the issues, and it’s 
my duty to remain loyal to those issues.” 

SUPPORTING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Hundreds demonstrated at the 
Boston Common on October 15 to urge the US Supreme Court to overturn the 
Bakke decision and support increased enrollment of minorities in colleges and 
workplaces. The demonstration, in which the group marched on the Federal Court 
House, was sponsored by many black and left organizations. Although the demon¬ 
stration featurd a large contingent from the anti-gay Revolutionary Union, there 
was also a strong lesbian presence. Photo by Nancy Wechster 

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Miami, The High Court, and Massachusetts 

The defeat of the Massachusetts gay rights bill last week is the latest setback in 
an often exhilarating but finally disappointing and disturbing year for gay people. 
Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign and victory in Dade County, while responsible 
for a great deal of media coverage and an impressive resurgence of gay activism, 
have unquestionably slowed down the progress of gay civil rights gains. Since 
Bryant’s victory only two cities — Wichita, Kansas, and Champaign-Urbana, 
Illinois — have enacted gay civil rights ordinances while other municipalities have 
actually backtracked on the issue. Politicians seem clearly intimidated by the rising 
tide of anti-gay reaction and the power of the ‘New Right.’ To compound the 
atmosphere of the Dade County aftermath, the US Supreme Court ruled by default 
that local school boards could fire gay teachers, a move that can only embolden 
anti-gays and make politicians less responsive to gay concerns. 

In the light of the national situation, gay people both in Massachusetts and 
across the country were looking to the Massachusetts House for a needed break¬ 
through. But, because of a number of reasons — notably the redistricting problems 
— that breakthrough never came. The results are obviously a disappointment to 
the many people who put such a huge amount of time and effort into the lobbying 
effort. The community should be grateful to Joe Martin and Gay Legislation, 

Reps. Elaine Noble and Barney Frank, bar managers Bob White and Jack Rubin, 
and everyone who worked so diligently for the legislation. 

But disappointment over the defeat of the Massachusetts bill must not lead to 
apathy and inaction. Although there is almost no chance in getting a bill through 
the legislature next year, the situation in 1979 may oe quite different. As Elaine 
Noble points out in this week’s paper, the more gay people get involved in the cam¬ 
paigns of our friends and work to elect pro-gay legislators, the better chance we 
have in terms of eventually getting a bill approved. 

But outside of the legislative process, there is much to be done in a period that 
increasingly seems uncongenial to the passage of gay civil rights legislation. This is 
a time in which community institutions like community centers, gay youth 
projects, and facilities for older gay people can be developed. These are absolute 
priorities in a city like Boston and they offer a chance for concrete results and 
meaningful changes in our lives. The stronger and more organized we are in our 
own community and the more we can develop the institutions which can deal with 
our social, emotional, and cultural needs — the more organized and powerful we 
will be in fighting for our rights in society as a whole. 

—community voice 



Dear GCN: 

Oppressive heterosexist bullying comes in 
many guises: even masquerading behind a “gay” 
jock strap. 

I should think the Gay Athletes Union of Long 
Beach State University (GCN News Note Octo¬ 
ber 22) could use their muscle in the struggle for 
freedom for and with all their lesbian sisters and 
gay brothers instead of serving as self-appointed 
lackeys for the masculinist oppressors. Sounds 
like another instance of “straight-acting and 
-appearing” gay males are OK — all others keep 
away, and down, and out of sight. 

Come on, GAU jockers, get with it. Your 
enemies are not hanging out in the tearooms 
(except for those curious washroom employees 
of police “vice” squads). Get “pushy” where it 
counts, against rapists, say, or anti-gay 

Yours in Gay Spirit, 
Michael Rumaker 

on legislation 

Dear GCN Editor: 

There were several inaccuracies in David 
Brill’s article (GCN 10/22/77, Vol. 5, No. 16) 
concerning the “defeat of the gay rights bill,” 
which need to be corrected and brought to the 
attention of GCN readers. 

One, as Lobby Coordinator of Gay Legisla¬ 
tion, 1 can assure you that Rep. Elaine Noble has 
been in close contact with our organization. This 
was especially true during the three days of 
debate in the State House. Any statements to the 
contrary are false. Her office and staff were used 
by Gay Legislation for the entire week proceed¬ 

ing the actual vote in the House. She also played 
a major role in our “telegram blitz.” (Western 
Union was not very willing to send out 100 tele¬ 
grams at 3 a.m. from a gay organization. It was 
she who “convinced” Western Union to “co¬ 

Two, initially Gay Legislation did plan to 
support the bill with the weakening amendment 
(i.e., excluding police, fire, correctional institu¬ 
tion, and mental health officers from discrimi¬ 
nation protections). But after speaking with sev¬ 
eral knowledgeable people in the lesbian and gay 
communities, (including Patricia Hanratty, the 
former Co-Coordinator of Gay Legislation), 
both Joe Martin and 1 decided that the group 
should not accept the watered-down version of 
the bill. In our opinion, accepting the exclu¬ 
sionary provisions of the amendment would be 
giving tacit approval to the arguments of our 

Three, Gay Legislation did approach Rep. 
Noble and Rep. Barney Frank. We asked them to 
oppose the weakened bill. 

Four, following the wishes of the “commun¬ 
ity,” Rep. Noble asked the House of Represen¬ 
tatives to vote against the bill for several reasons: 
(a) the legislators were growing weary of the 
lengthy debate; (b) the general opposition to the 
bill was obvious by the readiness of the members 
of the House to accept any weakening amend¬ 
ments); and (c) the bill which was tobe voted upon 
was not the same as the bill originally introduced 
(it still contained the non-binding referendum 
amendment). By opposing the bill, Rep. Noble 
was trying to make it clear that she and the 
“community” were no longer willing to be 
humiliated before the Massachusetts Legislature. 
True, it was a “dramatic” way of making her 
view known, but it was effective. 

Another point, which is unrelated to Mr. Brill’s 
article, still needs to be made. A number of 
people feel that any gay rights bill would have 
been better than no gay rights bill. Some of these 
individuals have sharply criticized Rep. Noble, 
Rep. Frank, and Gay Legislation for “killing” 

H.3676. In my opinion, anyone who espouses or 
holds that point of view is being unfair, unjust, 
and short-sighted. It is often necessary “to settle 
for less than one had planned,” but a point is 
reached where if one decides to compromise, one 
also loses part of his/her dignity. This was the 
dilemma faced by Gay Legislation and the Back 
Bay representatives. And once again, I do feel 
that we made the correct decision. 

Finally, to those individuals who have devoted 
their time, energy, and/or money to Gay Legis¬ 
lation, I would like to say “thank you.” I only 
hope that in the (near) future, more people will 
be willing to use their talents and resources to 
assure passage of gay civil rights legislation in 

Continuing in this struggle (and others) . . . 

Harold Challenor, 
Lobby Coordinator 
Gay Legislation 

(David Brill replies: In my article last week, I said 
that the course of events appeared unclear, and I 
based this on three reasons: 1) Gay Legislation, 
by Challenor’s admission, reversed its position 
on a weakened bill within a matter of two hours. 
2) Veteran legislators and reporters were 
confused when Rep. Noble asked the House to 
vote with her against the bill, 3) Ten minutes 
later—after the Speaker called a recess to ask 
Noble what she was doing—Noble said that she 
supported the bill and would vote for it. The 
point is that the weakened bill was not on the 
House floor. What was on the floor was the same 
bill that had been approved by the Senate in 
June, with the nonbinding referendum. Rep. 
Noble apparently did not know it until she was 
corrected. Ultimately, supporters of the bill 
voted for the bill, even though it had the refer¬ 
endum amendment. Therefore, I stand by my 


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blacks and gays 

A letter to GCN: 

John Lee’s letter in the October 15th issue is 
incorrect when he states that “no black leader of 
nationwide prominence has spoken out on the 
subject” of gay rights. The July 23d GCN, on 
the front page, quotes Benjamin Hooks, the new 
director of the NAACP, “The gay rights move¬ 
ment has strong and striking similarities to the 
civil rights movement.’ Let’s not forget, also, 
that the Massachusetts Legislature’s Black Cau¬ 
cus has been among our most consistent friends 
over the past five years. It’s about time we give 
credit where credit is due. 

John Kyper 



Dear Editor: 

I can’t help but wonder why California Gov¬ 
ernor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law (as 
reported in GCN October 8) that gives trans¬ 
sexuals the right to re-written birth certificates 
while only a short time ago he nixed gay mar¬ 

I submit it may be because many established 
institutions really approve of transsexual opera¬ 
tions. A surgical solution allows people who are 
uncomfortable in their assigned roles to adop 
other assigned roles. Thus, institutions using the 
values permeating assigned gender roles to 
underwrite their hierarchies have nothing to fear 
from a closer examination of those roles. The 
roles remain, and cosmetics satisfy the indivi¬ 
dual’s agony of the moment. Don’t they? Look 
again. Follow-up studies on male transsexuals 
show a high suicide rate. 

Why has transsexualism merited incredible 
media attention? Why have some states — no¬ 
tably Florida — been so quick to grant financial 
assistance to would-be transsexuals? How many 
transsexuals ought to be of the opposite gender? 

A short true story: A young man, married to a 


GCN has received a number of re¬ 
ports from gay men who have 
been robbed by men whom they 
have met in gay bars in Boston's 
Combat Zone area. One man is 
described as a white male, ap¬ 
proximately 30 years old, 5'8", 170 
lbs., very muscular, curly red hair 
and moustache, going by the nick¬ 
name of "Red." He has a tattoo on 
his right arm which says "Red" 
and has recently been released 
from prison. The second man is 
described as a black male, 5*10", 
slim build, nicknamed Larry, ap¬ 
proximately 25 years old. This 
man associates with hustlers and 
should be considered dangerous. 

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lesbian tendencies tried to have a baby 
' with her. The baby died in childbirth. The 
mother, despairing, wished that her husband was 
a woman. Under emotional pressure — and 
. being all too anxious to please — this muscular 
man (“pretty” in some ways perhaps) underwent 
[• cosmetic transsexual castration and expensive 
shoring up of a conventional female image. 
When he began to emerge as a cosmetic female 
(as opposed to a biological one) his wife was not 
attracted but repulsed. She divorced him. Now, 
since he still retains a heterosexual bias, he is, 
nevertheless, a cosmetic lesbian who goes to 
women’s gay bars. 

Since Dr. Benjamin wrote his Transsexualism 
Phenomenon in 1966, an increasing number of 
genital males suffering role dissatisfaction say 
they’re transsexuals and that they’ve discovered 
this “fact” through the aforementioned book. 
Costs of transsexual operations are unbearably 
high. Professionals are reaping hard cash from 
literally thousands of operations performed 
worldwide. 1 am becoming increasingly 
suspicious of their pre-operative examininations. 
The pre-operative knows how to answer their up¬ 
coming questions (to determine their readiness 
for surgical sex-alteration) because the doctors 

have placed those questions in their books. 

No individual should be denied the cosmetic 
surgery he or she desires. Our bodies are ours to 
do with as we please. But cosmetic surgery does 
not a biological male or female make. Instead, at 
present, it seems instead to reinforce traditional 
concepts of masculinity and femininity. Is this 
running counter to the newly emerging move¬ 
ments to open more options associated with these 
rigidly defined categories? 

The average person remains in his or her role 
and can recommend surgery for those who rebel. 
Role dissatisfaction is channelled into superficial 
ruts. A close friend who has earned his living as a 
female impersonator lives in a gay-identified re¬ 
lationship. His parents have expressed their wish 
that he get a sex “re-assignment” so that every¬ 
thing will be on the up and up. He does not want 
one, being content with his anatomy and hardly 
hung up on “being a woman” in any tradition¬ 
al/behavioral sense. But social pressures applied 
earlier in his life might have ended in his cas¬ 
tration. The Guardians of the Conventional 
Roles would have been pleased at this. 

My friend and I recently walked down main 
street together. He felt like wearing heels and he 
applied enough lipstick so that his face looked 

like that of a beautiful woman. At the same time, 
however, he wore jeans and a whit^tank top. His 
handsome muscles bulged. The Guardians didn’t 
like this at all! 

Warm regards, 
Jack Nichols, author, 
Men‘s Liberation: 

A New Definition of Masculinity 

to AID or not 

Dear GCN, 

Congratulations on your stimulating editorial 
in this week’s GCN, “Aiding AID — A Time for 
Re-examination.” It certainly sparks a thoughful 
reassessment of social activists’ efforts to es¬ 
tablish a larger gay presence in such government 
agencies . . . 

I, hope that you were going too far, in your 
editorial, by implying that gay professional 
people in AID will participate in the “oppression 
of other groups struggling for their own libera¬ 
tion.” I hope we have learned from the social 
movements liberating Blacks and immigrants 

and women, that social change brings with it a 
continual revision of policy, a revision shaped by 
those who involve themselves in the process. 

I applaud the recenf involvement of gay 
activists at AID and hope that the presence of 
more gay men and women in the Agency for 
International Development will mean a 
heightened sensitivity to the human rights of 
those who receive foreign aid from us. 

This .would be confluent to Jimmy Carter’s 
view that human rights belong to all humanity, 
not just to the dominant social groups, i.e. the 
straight male WASP. The great benefit from the 
human rights movements has been an ever- 
freshening and emerging perspective on individ¬ 
ual human freedom. Gays now have the oppor¬ 
tunity to take part in that refreshing process. 
Your editorial calls out this response, and I 
thank you for it. 

Joseph Allen 

speaking out 

Why We Should Still Boycott Orange Juice 

By Brian McNaught 

Despite all those letters to the Florida Citrus Commission, despite half¬ 
hearted attempts at a boycott of Florida citrus products, despite all the intense 
national publicity, gay people are still forced to watch Anita Bryant sell orange 
juice in their living room. Each time I see her saccharinely-wholesome face and 
listen to the voice which referred to homosexuals as human garbage, I am enraged. 

Why don’t we see famous anti-blacks or famous anti-Jews doing television 
commercials? The answer is simple. The black community and the Jewish 
community are organized enough to exert the necessary economic pressure to 
assure they will not be offended by a commercial. Not gays. 

The one action which gay people have been asked to nationally participate in 
as a sign of political strength is the boycott of orange juice (Coors beer only affects 
the western half of the country). And yet, it is not uncommon to see gay people 
down orange juice as freely and easily as they would if Anita Bryant were a 
champion of gay rights as opposed to an anti-gay crusader. At a recent convention 
of gay persons orange juice was ordered as the first course during a breakfast for 
, an entire caucus. The waitress in the hotel restaurant commented on the large 
number of gay people drinking orange juice. At another convention, the bar set up 
in the hotel lobby served an abundance of Screwdrivers. 

When asked why they are drinking orange juice, the gay respondents answer 
“Oh, this isn’t Florida orange juice. It’s California.” Some comment “What good 
does it do to boycott?” Others simply reply “Because I like it.” 

There is no such thing as California orange juice marketed commercially as a 
name brand across the country. Independent calls to each nationally-marketed 
orange juice company verifies that every orange juice at that level contains the 
juice from Florida oranges. Some states which grow their own oranges do sell their 
product from home to home but none are name brands. 

Why boycott? Whatlgood does it do? Believe it or not, the Florida Citrus 
Commission has reported an increase in sales since the Dade County defeat of gay 
rights. Bigots who support Anita Bryant have made it a point to buy more orange 
juice than they used to. Gays who were affected by the national publicity 
surrounding the controversy are generally buying as much. It would seem easier to 
send their contributions to the anti-gay campaign directly to Anita Bryant. You 
would then receive an autographed picture of her praying with her family. 

Boycott by the consumer has always been an effective means of bringing 
about change if the boycott igf-A'ell-managed and maintained. The most recent 
classic example is the napMal boycott of non-union lettuce, grapes and wine. 
Individuals who particigSiair in that non-violent action (which included picketing 
super markets which sold non-union produce and leafletting customers) tasted the 
sweet juices of victory when the Teamsters finally sat down with the United Farm 
Workers to negotiate a settlement. (The boycott continues however until the 
growers abide by the agreement and allow the workers to vote.) 

Currently, there are several companies which are either enjoying the benefits 
of a worker-organized boycott (Farrah slacks) or are beginning to feel the pinch of 
a boycott (J. P. Stevens). Blacks in Montgomery, Alabama, boycotted that city’s 
public transit after Ro’sa Parks was kicked off the bus for refusing to give her seat 
to a white man 20 years ago. In what city do we now see blacks forced to sit in the 
back of the bus? 

Some gay people argue that the boycott of orange juice is intended to force the 
Florida Citrus Commission to fire Anita Bryant thereby losing her $100,000-a-year 
salary. This, they say, is wrong because no one should be refused the right to work. 
However, the Florida Citrus Commission was asked by the Dade County Coalition 
to keep Ms. Bryant but make a statement in support of the rights of gay persons. 
They refused to make any such statement and have increased the visibility of anti¬ 
gay spokesperson Bryant by purchasing more and more air time. 

I don’t agree that everyone has the right to work regardless of what action 
they have publicly taken. When a person ascends to the status of public figure, he 
or she loses a variety of rights reserved for persons out of the public eye. In the law 
of the press, for instance, public criticism of a public figure is legal while a libel 
case brought forth by an ordinary citizen is generally easily won. We are constantly 
watching politicians removed from office because of “conflict of interest.” The 
Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, after Firing me from my newspaper position, 
forced an agreement that I would never work for the Church in Detroit in any 
capacity. In their eyes, my public status compromised their position on homosex¬ 
uality (even though as far as they knew I was a celibate homosexual which is in 
total keeping with Church teaching). 

Anita Bryant has deliberately made herself national spokesperson for the fear 
and hatred of homosexuals. In the name of God, she put everything on the line to 
fight the “holy” crusade. Now she doesn’t want to pay the price. It got too 
expensive. Rumor has it that she has “pulled back” and will not be fighting the 
national battle she promised her contributors. It’s too late. When the Supreme 
Court upholds the decision to fire a gay school teacher,, newspapers contact 
Anita and she gleefully makes comments, hangs up the phone, does another orange 
juice commercial and then picks up her fat check. 

They say this is a free country. “They” refers to those who are free. But 
freedom has a price. Unless Anita Bryant pays the price for exercising her right to 
free speech, our support of her income will encourage other public figures to 
verbalize their fear and hatred without risking the loss of anything. 

To those persons who merely drink orange juice because they like it, please be 
assured that those of us who are not drinking it also like it. We miss it. But we 
consider it the very least we can do to contribute to the struggle. 

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Talking Politics 


By David Brill 

„ P J 

October 13 was an 
epochal date for Rep. Elaine Noble, 
who was hoping to make the passage of 
the bill the highlight of her legislative 
career. But some of her own strategy 
was flawed, and some of her actions 
were clearly inimical to the bill’s suc¬ 
cess. For example, Noble continuously 
criticized Gay Legislation lobbyists be¬ 
hind their backs. She told a number of 
legislators that “they [Gay Legislation] 
don’t know what they’re doing’’ and 
this information quickly got back to 
Gay Legislation. This hurt her image 
both at the State House and in the gay 

One must also consider Noble’s rela¬ 
tionship with House liberals, whom she 
so indelicately derided in the June 7 
Boston Phoenix cover story, “Elaine 
Noble: Why the Liberals Don’t Like 
Her Anymore.” After the Phoenix 
article, some liberals, such as Rep. Jim 
Smith of Lynn (who is a sponsor of the 
bill) half-seriously pondered “taking a 
walk” on the gay rights vote because 
Noble seemed to be taking their votes 
for granted. Noble only further alien¬ 
ated herself from them when she voted 
to strip a number of strong gay rights 
backers — like Reps. Jim Segel of 
Brookline and Jack King of Danvers — 
of their legislative seats back in May. 

But when Noble needed support on 
the floor of the House, who provided 
it? House Majority Leader “Biff” 
MacLean arranged a couple of routine 
parliamentary favors, but he embaras- 
sed Noble when he told a Boston Globe 

reporter that he could not/would not 
do any arm-twisting for her. (MacLean 
is the most effective arm twister in the 
House.) When Noble needed help, it 
was the liberals — people like Smith, 
King, Segel, Paul Means of Stoneham, 
Phil Johnston of Marshfield — who 
rallied to her side. Luckily for Noble, 
the liberals’ devotion to issues trans¬ 
cended their personal feelings about 

In fact, there is no reason to believe 
that the House leadership did any more 
for Noble’s bill than they would have 
for any other legislation that carried 
with it a favorable report from a stand¬ 
ing committee. The only votes that 
MacLean and McGee produced for it 
were their own. The two other legisla¬ 
tors closest to the leadership have been 
supporting gay rights for a long time: 
Rep. Jack Murphy of Peabody, who 
voted for a gay anti-discrimination res¬ 
olution at the 1972 Democratic State 
Convention, and Majority Whip 
George Keverian of Everett, who voted 
in support of a gay rights bill before 
Noble was even elected. 

Noble’s own political situation also 
entered into her performance. Her 
pending race with Rep. Barney Frank 
was uppermost in her mind at all times. 
Noble bad-mouthed Frank to Gay 
Legislation lobbyists, and withheld in¬ 
formation from him that she provided 
to reporters. 

Noble had indicated privately as 
early as June that she would not run 
against Frank next year, (see story this 

week), but her unwillingness to admit it 
publicly also damaged her credibility. 
Although her poll of the district 
showed Noble losing to Frank by a 
margin of nearly 4 to 1, she denied it 
when asked by a Newsweek reporter. 
Her remarks at the July 31 Gay 
Leadership Conference in Denver also 
indicated that she was considering 
bowing out (to possibly run for the 
Boston City Council, if the charter 
change is approved), but she denied 
making any such remarks when asked 
by the Phoenix. And the Oct. 6 
Washington Post also reported that 
Noble is planning to bow out to run for 
City Council, yet she had a campaign 
fund-raising benefit as recently as last 

GCN has learned, in fact, that Noble 
has called presidential aide Margaret 
Costanza about a possible federal 
appointment, but to no apparent avail. 

Where is Noble getting her political 

Santa Fareri is Noble’s lover and 
1976 campaign manager, and she must, 
to be sure, share some of the blame for 
Noble’s miscalculations. Fareri has 
done such an effective job at turning 
people against Noble that some people 
have jokingly suggested that she is an 
agent for either Anita Bryant or the 

Few politicians would appreciate the 
kind of antics associated with Fareri. 
For example, at a Gay Business Associ¬ 
ation meeting this summer at which 
Rep. Barney Frank was the featured 
speaker, Fareri sat behind him and 
stuck out her tongue and made faces. 

With regard to this year’s Gay Legis¬ 
lation effort, Fareri’s often vitriolic 
personality has been felt by more than 
one person. She attacked Gay Legisla- 

Massachusetts House Roll Call on Gay Rights 

ROLL CALLS on House Bill 3676 in the 
Massachusetts House of Representatives: (Note/ 
“a” means absent for the vote; “p" means voted 

1) This vote was on ordering the bill to a third 
reading. (YES is a “ + ”) Defeated 101-120. 

2) This was on a motion by Rep. Elaine Noble 
to reconsider the previous day’s vote. (YES is a 
“ + ”) Passed 116-107. 

3) This was on a motion by Rep. Noble to 
postpone a vote on the actual bill for one day. 
(YES is a “ + ”) Passed 120-103. 

4) On an amendment by Rep. Charles Long 
(R-Dover) to exclude many public employees 
from the protection of the legislation. This was 
considered the vote which crippled the bill. (NO 
is a “ + ”) Passed 118-105. 

5) On a motion by Rep. Noble to reconsider 
the amending of the bill. (YES is a “ + ”) De¬ 
feated 92-128). 

6) The House refused to substitute the weak¬ 
ened bill on a voice vote, and thus the original 
bill was on the floor. This vote was on ordering 
the bill to a third reading. (YES is a “ + ”) De¬ 
feated 93-129). 


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tion coordinator Joe Martin to his face 
on more than a few occasions (“You’ve 
fucked up so many times . . . .”). 
In fact, Fareri tried to oust Martin as 
head of Gay Legislation three months 
ago, but was prevented from doing so 
by Pat Hanratty, Martin’s very compe¬ 
tent counterpart at the top of the or¬ 
ganization. She has similarly unleashed 
her venom on such dedicated indi¬ 
viduals as Gay Legislation’s lobbying 
coordinator, Harold Challenor. 

No more telling incident occurred 
this year than when Gay Legislation 
and Noble were considering accepting 
a weakened version of the gay rights 
bill, one that excluded police, fire¬ 
fighters, and corrections officers. 
Sporters’ manager Jack Rubin, whose 
dedication to the gay rights cause has 
been invaluable in this year’s legislative 
effort, was strongly against any ex¬ 
clusions on the grounds that doing so 
would justify discrimination. 

Fareri blurted out, “No. Anything is 
better than nothing! Think about 
Elaine’s career!” 

And that was it, in a nutshell. Gay 
rights took a back seat to Elaine’s 
career, as far as Fareri was concerned. 
(Fareri also has a financial interest in 
seeing Elaine’s career continued: Last 
year, she was paid $4,800 by the 
Committee to Re-elect Elaine Noble 
for “consultant services” as Noble’s 
campaign manager during a six-month 

This seriously strained Noble’s rela¬ 
tionship with Gay Legislation. 
Although the organization has raised 
.nearly $14,000 this year, Noble never 
accorded them any credit until the bill 
-was defeated. It is an example of how 
Noble frequently contradicts herself by 
urging gay people to become involved 
in the political process, but then dis¬ 
credits and insults them because she 
does not want to share the limelight. 

So in a way, it is not surprising that 
most of the men and women who were 
actively involved in her first campaign 
in 1974 (including Joe Martin) are no 
longer considered Noble loyalists. 
While no one should be expected to 
never make any enemies, it is rare that 
a political figure incurs the substantial 
erosion of support that Noble has. 

Such cantankerous goings-on are sad 
and unfortunate, because Noble has 
tried hard to be a decent representative 
for her district and for gay people. 
Maybe everyone just expected more 
than they should have. 

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new york, new york 

By Harold Pickett 

By Harold Pickett 

NEW YORK — Art Gursch and 
Wally Hoffman were recently reelected 
to their respective positions as Secre¬ 
tary and Treasurer of the Gay Activists 
Alliance (G.A.A.). Gursch and Hoff¬ 
man have both provided years of dedi¬ 
cated service to G.A.A. and the gay 
community performing often tiring 
and thankless, but necessary, tasks. 

Joe Kennedy, former chairperson of 
G.A.A.’s Political Action Committee, 
was elected to the newly created posi¬ 
tion of Activities Coordinator. G.A.A. 
has abolished the office of its ‘Presi¬ 
dency,’ distributing the ‘leadership’ 
role more equally among all members 
of the Executive Committee. Kennedy, 
as Activities Coordinator, serves as the 
Chairperson of the Executive Commit¬ 
tee in a role described as “first among 
equals.” His concerns are mainly insti¬ 
gating and maintaining long-range 
plans. Kennedy mentioned that such 
plans include re-establishing The Gay 
Activist newsletter after its six-month 

dormancy, possibly moving from the 
space shared with the West Side Dis¬ 
cussion Group to private headquarters, 
and finding a full-time Office Manager 
to keep the headquarters staffed during 
the day and handle errands. 

Rene Ruys, another G.A.A. member 
previously mentioned here, received a 
suspended court sentence recently. 
Ruys was arrested at the midnight 
“Wake Up The Mayor To Gay 
Rights” demonstration on Aug. 26 at 
Gracie Mansion, residence of Mayor 
Abraham Beame. 

Sunday, Oct. 16, half-a-dozen 
G.A.A. members hung signs from 
lamp poles in Central Park renaming 
the ‘Great Lawn,’ located near 78th 
St., North of the Rambles, to ‘Gay 
Meadow.’ The action had been post¬ 
poned from an earlier date due to 
weather conditions. One sign was 
placed on the North side of Gay Mea¬ 
dow and one on the South side at the 
main trail from the Rambles. The 
beautifully shellacked wooden signs 

were lettered in white on a green 
background and fastened with metal 
clamps by a G.A.A. member standing 
on an upturned trash can. Joe Kennedy 
said the idea was “to give gay people a 
sense of community, of having our 
own turf” and that the action “was a 
good first step.” They plan to continue 
designating particular places where gay 
people congregate. It’s hoped that 
these actions will culminate before the 
next Gay Pride Day with the placing of 
a permanent plaque at the old Stone¬ 
wall Inn on Christopher Street, site of 
the Stonewall Rebellion of June 27, 
1969, which sparked the modern Gay 
Liberation Movement. 

Singer Lawrence Lane gave a superb 
performance. His voice ranged from a 
smooth, laid-back quality to a rousing 
cockiness. Lane was stunning from the 
moment he entered with a cane and top 
hat, wearing a black tee-shirt, and 
singing Kurt Weil’s “Bilbao Song.” 
His final number, “Lost In The 
Stars,” which ended with his voice 
weaving the silence around him as a 
musical accompaniment, alone on the 
dark stage with just the spotlight on his 

Lawrence Lane 

face. In between, Lane ravished the 
audience with innuendos singing such 
numbers as Ethel Waters’ “Handy¬ 
man” and an unforgettable version of 
“Let’s Fall In Love” that included the 
lyrics “Doris Day won’t do it—Harry 
Reems does it on cue.” Lane provided 
a really delightful evening. Enjoy his 
performance when you get the chance. 

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We on the GCN staff believe our readers have particular 
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3. Are you: 1. Gay 2. Bisexual 

3. Straight 

4. Where do you now live? 


5. If you live in Boston, please enter 

area (such as Back Bay, South 
End, etc.):_ 

6. Including yourself, how many 

people live in your household? 

7. Do you: 1. Own your own home 

2. Rent your home. 3. Own your 
apartment. 4. Rent your apart¬ 

8. If you rent your residence, what 
is your monthly rent (dollars 

9. What was the last level of educa¬ 
tion you attained? 

1. Grade School 2. 1-3 years 
high school 3. High School 
graduate 4. 1-3 years College 
5. College Graduate 6. Some 
graduate school 7. Post grad¬ 
uate degree 8. Masters degree 

9. Doctorate degree. 

10. Other:_ 

10. What is your average annual in¬ 
come? 1. Less than $5,000 

2. $5,000-7,999 3. $8,000-9,999 

4. $10,000-14,999 5. $15,000- 
24,999 6. $25,000-34,999 

7. $35,000-49,999 

8. $50,000 and over 

II. What is your occupation? 

(Position) _- 

13. How do you usually get GCN? 

1. Subscription 2. Newsstand 

3. Bookstore 4. Bar or Bath 

5. Vending machine 6. Conven¬ 
ience Store 7. Other_ 

(Kind of business). 

11. About GCN and You 

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GCN (years)? 

14. How many people, including 

yourself, read your copy of 
GCN. Men:_ 


15. What other publications, if any, 
do you regularly buy or sub¬ 
scribe to (include all publications, 
such as the NY Times, Sports 
Illustrated, Lesbian Tide, The 
Advocate, Newsweek, NY Re¬ 
view of Books, etc.)? 

16. Does the appearance of an ad¬ 
vertisement in GCN affect your 
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particular store because you saw 
the advertisement in GCN? 

1. Yes 2. No 

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lishment? 1. Yes 2. No 

-22. How many books have you bought 
in the past 3 months ? 


23. How many gay oriented books 
have you bought in the past 

3 months Hardback:_ 


24. Where do you usually buy your 
books? (Please check) 

-1. Small bookstores 

_2. Newsstands 

_3. Department Stores 

_4. Paperback Booksmith 

_5. Barnes & Noble 

_6. Waldenbooks 

_7. Brentano’s 

_8. Lauriat’s 

_9. Other Large Bookstores 

_10. Harvard Coop (Boston area) 

_11. Other:_ 

25. How many records have you 
bought in the past 3 months ? 
(Please give a number.) 




III. Your Buying and Social Activities 

19. Approximately how much did 
you spend on clothes during the 
past 12 months ? 1. Less than $100 
2. $100-299 3. $300-499 

4. $500-999 5. $1,000-$ 1,499 

6. $1,500-1,999 7. $2,000 and 
over _ 

Other (Please specify) 

26. If you live in the Boston area, 
please indicate the store where 
you most often buy your 

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you or other members of your 
household currently use? 

(Please check) 

How often do you buy your 

1. Record Player Equip. 

clothing at the following 

2. Stereo Components 


(please rank in order 1 to 4): 

3. Phono/TV Combination 



4. Color TV 


Used and Experienced Cloth- 

5. Video Game Equipment 


ing Stores: 

6. Tape Recorder (reel) 


Small Department Stores: 

7. Tape Recorder (cassette) 


Major Department Stores: 

8. Movie Camera 


Please list the major department 

9. 35mm Camera 


stores you shop at: 

10. Still Camera (any kind) 


GCN, October 29, 1977 • Page 7 

Podhoretz's Homosexual Pacifist Conspiracy 

By Robert Etherington 

In the eyes of many, gay people have 
long represented a sinister and power¬ 
ful public force. 

We have long been blamed for the 
decline and fall of the Roman Empire. 
Richard Nixon’s longtime defender 
turned columnist, Patrick Buchanan, 
insists that we were responsible for the 
rise of Hitler in Germany by “under¬ 
mining the family unit,” thereby pro¬ 
pelling the German people into Hitler’s 
arms. And Anita Bryant, by saying our 
existence caused the drought in Cali¬ 
fornia, seems to think we can even con¬ 
trol the weather. 

The latest shot in the campaign to 
prove that gays are a uniquely malig¬ 
nant force in human history has just 
been fired by Norman Podhoretz in the 
pages of Harper’s (Oct., 1977). 
Podhoretz is one of those curious 
creatures, a Fifties Liberal, one who 
was vaguely left of center twenty years 
ago but has long since moved ever 
rightward. He has now made it to the 
editorship of Commentary , the journal 
of the Jewish Right, the pages of which 
are devoted to extoling the virtues of 
such other Fifties Liberals as Henry 

Jackson (the Senator from Boeing), 
and that astonishing political chamel¬ 
eon Daniel Patrick Moynihan. 

Podhoretz’s Harper’s article, en¬ 
titled “The Culture of Appeasement,” 
sets forth a startling theory concerning 
the origin of the Second World War: 
that it was the pernicious influence of 
assorted pacifistic sodomites on British 
foreign policy in the 1930’s which led 
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to 
adopt a disastrous policy of appease¬ 
ment of the Nazis. It is quite true that 
such appeasement gave Hitler to 
believe that Britain would never fight 
should he invade Poland. So invade 
Poland he did, precipitating the 
Second World War. What is novel is 
that Podhoretz deposits the ultimate 
blame for all this on the doorsteps of 
such homosexuals as W. H. Auden and 
Christopher Isherwood. 

The bulk of “The Culture of Ap¬ 
peasement” (which runs to six pages) is 
a conventional anti-Communist dia¬ 
tribe, similar to what we’ve all been 
reading since the Russian Revolution 
sixty years ago. “The number of stra¬ 
tegic nuclear missiles in the Soviet ar¬ 
senal increases, . . . Soviet convention¬ 

al vorces are strengthened and multi¬ 
plied on the Western Front, . . . Com¬ 
munist parties move closer and closer 
to power in Italy and France . . . ,” 
etc., etc. Not all of this is untrue. Had 
Podhoretz limited himself to such re¬ 
marks, there would be no particular 
cause for anger. 

But he goes on, more vitriolically, to 
preach a sermon on the Perils of Paci¬ 
fism, maintaining that Americans in 
the wake of Vietnam are unwilling and 
unable to strike back should Russia 
misbehave. I am inclined to doubt this, 
in view of, say, the great popularity of 
the cheaply theatrical (and bloody) 
“rescue” of the Mayaguez, which 
proved to me that Americans still love 
military adventures. Podhoretz, how¬ 
ever, frets about “the undifferentiated 
fear, loathing, and revulsion that the 
prospect of war now seems to inspire in 
the American mind.” 

But his most hair-raising remarks 
concern an elaborate (and rather gra¬ 
tuitous) historical comparison he 
makes between America today and 
Great Britain in the 1930’s. At that 
time pacifism flourished, leaving 
Britain ill-prepared to deal with Hitler, 

as America is now, supposedly, ill- 
prepared to deal with Russia. And 
what caused such pacifism? Obviously 
foul memories of the 1914-18 War (an 
exceptionally bloody affair), but also, 
Podhoretz says, homosexuality among 
upper class, hence, presumably influ¬ 
ential young men. 

. . . to these young men of the English 
upper class [homosexuality] represented the 
refusal of fatherhood and all that father¬ 
hood entailed: responsibility for a family 
and therefore an inescapable implication in 
the destiny of society as a whole. And that 
so many of the privileged young of England 
no longer wanted to grow up to become 
fathers themselves also meant that they 
were repudiating their birthright as succes¬ 
sors to their own fathers in assuming a 
direct responsibility for the fate of the 

Behind this astonishing statement 
lurk several tacit premises, all false, a) 
Homosexuals can’t or won’t have 
children — a bogus notion Podhoretz 
must have picked up from Anita 
Bryant, b) An unwillingness to have 
children is necessarily a sign of ir¬ 
responsibility. Perhaps Podhoretz is 
concerned here with the violation of 
the Biblical dictum to be fruitful and 
multiply. I suspect, however, that he 
has not embraced Genesis, but what H. 

(Continued on next page) 

28. If you checked ownership of hi- 

fi, stereo, or tape equipment, 
what did you pay for this equip¬ 
ment when you bought it (total 
amount, dollars only)? _ 

29. How often have you patronized 
or used the following during the 
past 12 months ? (Please circle 
appropriate number, using 1. Very 
Frequently, 2. Frequently, 

3. Occasionally, 4. Seldom, or 
5. Never): 

1. Hair Styling Salon 

2. Health/Exercise Spas 

3. Health Food Stores 

4. Antique Stores 

5. Pet Care/Grooming 

Centers 1 

6. Travel Agencies 1 

30. How often have you attended 
any of the following events 
during the past month ? (Please 
circle appropriate number, using: 

1. Once, 2. Twice, 3. 3 times, 

4. 4 times, 5. 5 or more times): 

1. Symphony/Classical 

2. Pop/Jazz Concerts 

3. Rock/Folk Concerts 

4. Opera/Ballet 

5. Legitimate Theater 

6. Community (smaller) 


7. Museum/Art Galleries 

8. Sports Events 

9. Movies: a. First Run 

b. Nostalgia 

c. Art Films 

31. How often have you gone to the 
following during the past 3 months ? 
(Please circle appropriate num¬ 
ber, using: 1. Very frequently, 

2. Frequently, 3. Occasionally, 

4. Seldom, or 5. Never): 

1. Women’s Bar 

2. Dance Bar 

3. Leather/Western/Denim Bar 

4. Collegiate Bar 

5. Show Bar 

6. Neighborhood Bar 

7. Non-gay Bar 

8. Baths 

9. Cafes/Coffee Houses 

32. Approximately how many times 

per month do you dine out 
(other than coffee shops, lunch 
counters, etc.)? _ 

33. Which of the following beverages 

do you serve in your home, or 
order when going out? (Please 
check) At Home Out 

1. Fruit Juices _ _ 

2. Soft Drinks _ _ 

3. Beer _ _ 

4. Wine _ _ 

5. Liquor _ ==== ^___ == 





























































34. How many times have you enter¬ 
tained at home in the past 
month (lunch, dinner, cocktails, 

35. Please check which of the follow¬ 
ing hobbies or activities you are 
currently engaged in: 

_1. Photography 

_2. Collecting Art 

_3. Woodworking 

_4. Reading 

_5. Golf 

_6. Motorcycling 

_7. Skiing 

_8. Tennis 

43. Do you own any stocks, bonds, 
or mutual funds? 1. Yes 2. No 

44. Do you own a life insurance 
policy? 1. Yes 2. No 

45. If you or other members of your 
household own an automobile, 
please complete the following: 




New Used 

_9. Swimming 
_10. High Fidelity 


Do you, or other people in your 
household, smoke: 1. Cigarettes 
2. Cigars 3. Pipe 

IV. Your Travel and Recreational Interests 

37. How many vacation trips (1 week 
or more) have you or members 
of your household taken in the 

past 12 months ? _ 

38. How many weekend trips (1, 2, 

3, or 4 days) have you or mem¬ 
bers of your household taken in 

the past 12 months ? _ 

39. Check which of the following 

areas you have traveled to in the 
past 12 months? Past 5 years? 

(Please do not check your resi¬ 
dence). 12 Months 5 Years 

1. New England ski 

resorts _ _ 

2. Provincetown, 

Mass. _ _ 

3. Other Cape Cod 

areas _ _ 

4. Boston, Mass. _ _ 

5. New York City _ _ 

6. Fire Island, N.Y. _ _ 

7. Canada _ _ 

8. Mexico _ _ 

9. Caribbean _ _ 

10. Europe _ _ 

11. Other:__ 

40. Do you currently have a valid 

passport? 1. Yes 2. No _ 

41. Do you or any member of your 
household have any of the fol¬ 
lowing credit cards: (Please 
check all that apply) 

_1. American Express 

_2. Master Charge 

_3. BankAmericard/VISA 

_4. Diners Club 

_5. Carte Blanche 

_6. Airline Credit Card 

_7. Auto Rental Credit Card 

_8. Telephone Co. Credit Card 

_9. Gasoline Co. Credit Card 

46. Approximately how many times, 

if any, have you rented a car for 
personal or business use during 
the past 12 months '? 

47. How many times have you or 
other members of your house¬ 
hold flown on a commercial 
airline during the past 12 
months ? 

48. How many times have you stayed 
at the following types of accom¬ 
modations for business or pleas¬ 
ure during the past 12 months '? 



Inns/Lodges/Guest Houses:. 

Thank You For Your Help. 


42. Do you maintain a savings ac- 
count? 1. Yes 2. No _ 

Paqe 8 • GCN, October 29, 1977 


(Continued from previous page) 

L. Mencken called “the Freudian 
whim-wham.’’ There is an old psychi¬ 
atric idea, “serial immortality,” which 
holds that everyone wants to see “ex¬ 
tensions” of himself. “Extensions” 
usually mean “children.” Those who 
want none are thought to be in some 
way deranged. 

But there are many different kinds 
of “children.” Christopher Isher- 
wood, for example, has many fine off¬ 
spring — his books. Surely he wants to 
see them survive and therefore has at 
least some “implication in the destiny 
of society.” Podhoretz has been denied 
this insight. 

c) Homosexuals can’t possibly want 
to participate in military activities but 
are doomed to be pacifist. Podhoretz is 
evidently unfamiliar with the careers of 
Alexander the Great, Frederick the 
Great, Lord Kitchener, General 
“Chinese” Gordon, General von 
Moltke, Viscount Esher, General Sir 
Hector Macdonald, etc., etc, up to our 
own beloved General Edwin Walker, 
recently arrested for you-know-what in 
a Texas tearoom. 

It is also worth noting (as Podhoretz 
does not) that the American and 
British governments prevent even the 
most patriotic gays from fighting for 
their country by refusing to allow them 

in any of the military services. How 
can one be “responsible” if he faces 
dishonorable discharge or court 
martial merely for being what he is? 

Podhoretz further maintains that 
homosexual pacifists had enormous in¬ 
fluence on the formulation of British 
policies vis-a-vis Nazi Germany. I 
submit that writers like Auden and 
Isherwood had as much power over 
their government as I have over ours. 
In his book, The Thirties, Malcolm 
Muggeridge wrote: 

Public events, however portentous, trouble 
little the great mass of mankind .... An 
aching tooth is more woeful than Hitler, a 
cold in the head of greater concern to the 
sufferer than the annexation of Albania. 
What turns a Foreign Secretary grey and 
haggard in a few months, leaves unper¬ 
turbed the half-million who assemble to 
watch the Derby. 

His point is that the average British 
voter, all the little Smiths and Joneses 
and not the Audens and Isherwoods, 
were largely indifferent to foreign 
affairs until very late (almost too late) 
in the 1930’s and voted accordingly, 
placing in office dim politicians like 
Chamberlain who formulated fatuous 
foreign policies. (Indeed, if gays had 
the power Podhoretz attributes to 
them, why could they not have induced 
the government to repeal the primitive 
sodomy laws?) 

Police Harassment 

(Continued from page 1) 

humiliation and intimidation, e) free¬ 
dom from deprivation of life, liberty, 
and property without due process, 0 
equal protection of the law, g) right to 
privacy, and h) freedom from cruel 
and unusual punishment. 

Weeks is represented by Attorneys 
John Reinstein and Michael Avery of 
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The Weeks suit does not seek “im¬ 
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damages against the five officers, and 
demands a jury trial. 

It is quite true (and intellectually 
honest gays must admit it) that there 
were then and are today selfish and stu¬ 
pid homosexuals, some ardent 
Stalinists, others equally ardent Nazis. 
Podhoretz is quite right to condemn 
such liars, cheats and traitors as Guy 
Burgess and Donald Maclean who 
defected to Russia after many years’ 
spy service for Stalin (though Maclean 
was a husband and father as well as a 
part time homosexual. If one follows 
Podhoretz’s logic, Maclean’s willing¬ 
ness to breed should have made him 
“responsible.”) But Podhoretz goes 
far beyond this. He maintains that. 

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bility and weakness. He makes snide 
remarks about Gore Vidal, James 
Baldwin and Allen Ginsburg and con¬ 
cludes by saying, “The parallels with 
England (in the 30’s) are here, and this 
revival of the culture of appeasement 
ought to be troubling our sleep.” My 
own sleep is indeed troubled, not by 
homosexuality, but by Podhoretz’s 
dangerous and, I fear, contagious ideas 
about it. 

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Talking about her New York/Bos¬ 
ton hit productions of “Nightclub 
Cantata, ” Elizabeth Swados noted 
that the evening “explores the things 
people do to each other — good and 
bad. It celebrates poets and short story 
writers who normally would not be 
considered playwrights. It combines 
the seriousness of a cantata with the 
frivolousness of a nightclub. ” 

I found “Nightclub Cantata” rare, 
moving, and beautiful when it first 
opened at the Boston Repertory The¬ 
ater. When I saw the Boston cast at the 
Charles Street Playhouse (where the 
play is scheduled to close on Oct. 30), I 
was equally impressed. 

William Castellino is a member of 
the energetic and talented ensemble at 
the Charles. The son of a steelworker 
from Burgettstown, PA (“.Population 
about a thousand and declining. ”), 
Castellino has been working in theater 
for a number of years. He has 
appeared in productions of “Alice in 
Wonderland, ” “Comedy of Errors, ” 
‘‘Man of LaMancha, ” ‘‘Godspell, ” 
‘‘Cabaret, ” and ‘‘Jacques Brel ...” 
from Boston to Cambridge to Kalama¬ 
zoo, Michigan. 

I visited with Castellino just after he 
had seen “Valentino” ("It was 
dreadful!”) and just prior to a Tuesday 
curtain at the Charles. Over bourbon 
in his small and neat studio in Boston’s 
South End, we spoke of “Cantata,” 
his careerr his relations with fellow art¬ 
ists, and more. 

GCN: Is it difficult being a gay actor? 
Is there an added stigma, do you think, 
other than the ancient and incorrect 
stereotype attached to theater people? 

Castellino: Every situation is differ¬ 

ent, more or less. I’ve been in some sit¬ 
uations where I’ve felt very oppressed. 
I consider myself a very political 
person and I consider my gay politics 
as part of a bigger whole. Being a po¬ 
litical person and a gay person, al¬ 
though not always a campaigner, I find 
myself definitely oppressed. I’ve found 
myself not getting parts, not getting 

GCN: Did this oppression come from 
inside the business? 

Castellino: In fairness, the experiences 
that I have had of that nature have 
been pretty much in academic situ¬ 
ations — like being a guest artist at a 
certain school or an artist in residence 
at a certain college. There I make it a 
practice not to mess around with 
people I work with. I just don’t do 
that. So it [oppression] didn’t come 
from that level — like messing around 
with somebody’s son or somebody’s 
husband or whatever. It came from the 
fact that I was candid and honest about 
who I am. 

GCN: “Nightclub Cantata” is filled 
with moving and tremendous poetry 
and music. The play is a hit here in 
Boston as it was in New York. It has 
been a hit with gay audiences due in 
part, I think, to some of that poetry 
and music ... what it has to say to and 
about gay people. Do you think you 
bring a gay sensibility to your per¬ 
formance and to the production? 
Castellino: Yes. When I saw the show, 
I had a particular affinity for certain 
pieces. Very luckily, I got to do those 
pieces in the show as well — like “The 
Harbormaster,” “Adolescense,” and 
Delmore Schwartz, which is the 
“movie piece.” The play is about sur¬ 

vivors and that has certainly been our 
rule of thumb in our choices in terms 
of being an actor. You know, when 
you’re sort of stuck in a situation and 
you don’t know what choice to make, 
you sort of say: Well this play is about 
survivors, so what would survivors say. 
The play is about survivors on all levels 
and the analogy of a survivor can go as 
far as your experience takes you. 
Certainly a gay man in this society 
needs a certain amount of the willing¬ 
ness to survive. 

GCN: So you find it healthy to draw 
on some experience of your youth in 
creating your performance in 

Castellino: Well, you have to. You 
take from what you have. I think that’s 
the technique I use: Where have I been 
. . . what have I done. Those are my 
only tools. Those real feelings I have 
had in the past, I think, have lent them¬ 
selves to the survival instinct. I came 
from a very poor family and going to 
theater school was viewed as com¬ 
pletely silly. A career in the theater was 
viewed at home in my old neighbor¬ 
hood as: What is he doing with him¬ 
self ... and such. 

GCN: Is that situation still the same? 
Castellino: Well, my parents have 
been very supportive. It wasn’t my 
parents who ever gave me a hard time. 
My parents are survivors too. They are 
first generation Americans who were 
oppressed because they were Catholic 
or because they were poor or steel¬ 
workers. My parents are definite sur¬ 
vivor types in their community. I think 
they saw something in me. They may 
never have encouraged me one way or 
the other — they also never dis¬ 

couraged me. They were supportive. 
Finally, I think, they are my biggest 
supporters ... at this point. In the 
community at large, in Burgettstown, 
it is unheard of that there was some¬ 
body going to theater school. 

GCN: When did you become interest¬ 
ed in theater? 

Castellino: Shall we dig this all up? Is 
that what you want to do? 

GCN: Well . . . sure . . . really, why 
did you find yourself in theater? 
Castellino: I was born with a very ser¬ 
ious birth defect and I did not walk un¬ 
til I was six or seven. What I did in¬ 
stead was read and I was read to. I was 
never allowed to play. Every child has 
a creative drive and I guess mine, be¬ 
cause of being a victim of circum¬ 
stance, didn’t get a chance to really 
come to the surface then. So, when my 
childhood ended, this particular outlet 
[theater] was what I took. This level of 
fantasy and creation was the thing I 
seemed to fall into. 

GCN: Why did you fall into it here in 
Boston which is not filled with the 
greatest opportunities for an actor? 

Castellino: I’m here because I have 
work here. I went to school at Boston 
University and so I have a sort of base 
here. I was one of those people who 
wanted to work bad enough that I 
would go wherever the work was. 
Luckily, it has been one thing after 
another. There was “Godspell” in 
Pittsburgh and then a national tour of 
“Godspell.” I went to Kalamazoo for 
a summer. I went to New Hampshire 
for a summer. I worked in Province- 
town this past summer. I just go where- 
ever the work has been and is. In fact, 
when I got this job, I had just about 

The cast of Nightclub Cantata sings songs of woe. (Left to right: Christopher McDonald, William Castellino offsl 

Victoria Robinson, William Castellino, Nancy Rosenburg, Roger Curtis, Pierre Vuilleumier.) 

Page 10 • GCN, October 29, 1977 




moved out of Boston — packed and 
ready to go. This job came through 
and it was certainly a chance of a life¬ 

GCN: Did Elizabeth Swados work 
with the Boston cast on this produc¬ 

Castellino: She made the final selec¬ 
tion of this cast. She spent a total of 
two days with us full-time. She is won¬ 
derful, you know. 

GCN: She is becoming somewhat of a 

Castellino: She’s 26 years old . .. 

GCN: What was it like to work with 

Castellino: Just wonderful, really. Ac¬ 
tors who survive in this business learn 
really fast that they have to protect 
themselves because nobody else will. 
One of the things you learn to protect 
yourself from are directors. Directors 
often time know very little about deal¬ 
ing with people and know very little 
about any of the things that can hurt 
an actor. Every once in a while you 
meet a director that you feel you can 
trust. You feel you can just give your¬ 
self over and let that person do their 
job. I have met two directors like that 
in my lifetime — one of them is Maxine 
Klein and the other is Elizabeth 
Swados. I have worked with Liz on a 
very limited basis but my instincts tell 
me that I can trust her and that she 
knows better than I do . . . about how 
it will work out in the end. 

GCN: What about Boston as a theater 
town? You’ve been in and out of it and 
New York — is Boston an actor’s 

Castellino: Well, I haven’t done badly 
here but ultimately you can’t make a 

living here. It is a wonderful place to 
learn and try things out. It is a wonder¬ 
ful place to fail which is a real luxury. 
The real survivor is one who learns 
what he/she can from such experiences 
and in Boston you learn and try. You 
get to New York, you know, and make 
a couple of bad mistakes — it gets out 
and it gets twice as hard to find work. 
Being in Boston and being around the 
country, I have found and learned the 
ins and outs of the business. I have dis¬ 
covered what you have to do to get a 
job. Boston has been a major part of 
my education — my learning to hustle. 
GCN: Does this bouncing around the 
country — trying to make a living — 
wear you down? 

Castellino: I have had nine addresses 
in the last three years. Yes, it. is hard 
but I love the work. I have been doing 
it for a while and have had wonderful 
and horrible experiences. I have been 
stranded in places and I have gotten 
great reviews and terrible reviews. I 
have felt very fulfilled and then very 
empty. The work I always love — it is 
the business that gets you down. You 
have to wade through so much just to 
get to the art — just to get to the job, 
first of all. Then, once you get the job, 
there is so much that you have to wade 
through to just get them to let you 
alone to work. Ultimately, you know, 
theater is money. It is an investors 
thing and just big business. Anytime 
you are dealing with big business, then 
you are talking about fast bucks; you 

are talking about a situation in which 

the individual is second to money. In 
commercial theater that is the case. So, 
the struggle is to get the time to your¬ 
self. Many times I have sat up alone at 

night and said: Screw this business . . . 
who needs to be treated this way. If I 
were a steelworker or a plumber, 
nobody would think of treating me like 
this. Nobody would think of keeping 
me six hours past my rehearsal time 
and make me work, work, work extra 
for nothing — because I’m in theater 
then it is okay. People think that be¬ 
cause they give you a chance then they 
have done you a favor. 

GCN: You are working now, though, 
and in a hit... 

Castellino: Yes, I am in “Cantata” 
but that will end. I still get the trade 
papers every week and still send out my 
pictures and resumes. There will be a 
time when this job is over — when I 
will have to find another job. It could 
be in two weeks or two months or 
even in six months. 

GCN: Well, you are working now and 
in the difficult situation of an ensemble 
piece. Is there any difficulty on the part 
of your fellow cast members with your 
open gayness? Have any of them held 
back or found it impossible, do you 
think, to relate on this performance 

Castellino: No, not ultimately. 

GCN: That’s a qualification. 
Castellino: Yes . . . that’s because . . . 
well, I feel it somewhat — but I don’t 
feel anymore from this group of people 
than I do from any other group, cer¬ 
tainly. It would be unfair to point them 
out as an example of anything. Cer¬ 
tainly there is nothing more oppressive 

or offensive about how they treat me 

than about how anybody else treats 
me. In fact, it is probably less offensive 
and oppressive. It is still there, though. 
There are still the looks when some¬ 

body comes to meet you at the end of 
the show . . . when you kiss him and 
say hello. It is uncomfortable. It’s a 
threat to straight society . . . but, come 
on, that’s old news. 

GCN: Sure, but you are in two circles. 
Many people view actors as being 
another closed environment . . . unto 
themselves. Do you feel a double threat 
here, being an actor and being gay? 
Castellino: Well . . . I’ve never used 
my work as an actor to keep me closed 
from others. That is to say, that many 
of my friends are not theater people by 
a very conscious choice on my part. I 
feel the need to spend time and ex¬ 
change thoughts with people who are 
not involved with my work. That, es¬ 
sentially, is what .my work is about. 
Theater is not something unto itself — 
that is no place ... I mean, who cares. 
That is not what theater is about. 
Theater is about things bigger than 

GCN: Like ... 

Castellino: Like life, like death, like 
love, like caring, like sorrow, like . . . 
like oppression. It is about real issues 
in the classic sense and ultimately also 
in any sense. It’s about things bigger 
than all of us. I think that Liz [Swados] 
could not have written this play had 
she not gone to Africa . . . had she not 
read all this poetry — which is not 
theater. Poetry is literature, you know. 
It amazes me sometimes ... we in 
theater are supposed to be all dumb 

blondes and queeney clothes horses. I 

mean, that’s what theater people are 

supposed to be? That’s just not the 
case. We are thinking people who try 
to expand our environment because 
that is what our craft is about. 

e Flying Pastrami Brothers’ act in Nightclub Cantata. (Left to right: Pierre Vuil- 
imier, Roger Curtis, William Castellino, Christopher McDonald.) 

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A pastor comes out to his congregation 

By George Dimsey 

Up until a few months ago Robert 
Drechsler was the popular pastor of the 
Shawmut Baptist Church in Warwick, 
R.I. Then one recent Sunday he faced 
his congregation and announced that 
he was gay, at the same time intro¬ 
ducing his lover and members of the 
MCC Providence congregation, who 
were there for support. No one had 
ever done such a thing in Warwick (a 
suburban city of 89,000) before. At 
that point two doors became firmly 
shut for Drechsler: The closet door be¬ 
hind him and the door to the Baptist 
Church in front of him. Following is 
an interview with Drechsler in which he 
discusses how he came out, why and 
what led up to it. 

How long have you been associated 
with the Shawmut Baptist Church and 
what was your relationship with the 
membership of the Church while you 
were there? 

I was at Shawmut Baptist Church 
ten years minus two weeks. Generally 
speaking, I think it was a very good re¬ 
lationship or I wouldn’t have been 
there ten years. Obviously, there were 
some people, as there are with all pas¬ 
tors, who didn’t like my style, my ser¬ 
mons, my way of operating and some 
of the things I tried to do. 

Could you tell me how you saw 
yourself? What was your personal life 
like before the Sunday of July 24th? 

Okay, I am an alcoholic. I am now a 
recovered alcoholic. That’s kind of im¬ 
portant to establish to begin with. I do 
believe that alcohol finally took over 
my life, so that’s part of it too. I was 
married with two children. I believe 
that I lived a triple life. The first part 
of that is what I called my gay “quirk” 
time, in which I would from time to 

time get up to Providence and usually 

get bombed, slightly bombed at any 
rate and pursue looking around the 
train station and the park, Burnside 
Park, and Westminster Mall to some 
extent. Those were the only three 
places that I really knew about. By the 
way, because I felt I had to be home at 
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time stuff. I kept that tremendous 
secret from my second life which was 
being a family person and pastor of the 
church. I didn’t want anyone to know 
that I was getting bombed all the time. 

I imagine that drinking was a result of 
trying to live all these different lives, 
not being very consent with any of 

I also believed that if somehow I 
could take care of that part of me (gay 
“quirk”)ithat'I could be the kind of 
pastor I was supposed to be and I could 
be the kind of husband and father I 
was supposed to b£. I believe also, as I 
told some people in my church that if 
they want someone to work triple hard 
for as many years as I did then what 
you have to do is to get someone who 
was riddled with guilt and you can get 
all sorts of work out of that person. 

Regarding your family, your wife 
and children, what is your relationship 
with them and if they are still living in 
West Warwick, are they feeling any 
bad repercussions from the fact that 
you are homosexual? 

My wife and I are friends, that 
should be established. One of the main 
reasons why we became friends was I 
talked to her about my alcoholism 
openly and was able to talk to her 
about being gay openly. That broke 
down a lot of barriers in one after¬ 
noon. My wife is going through a 
mixed time. I think that is a kind way 
of putting it. I think that I perceived 
that she could accept my being gay and 
having a relationship with somebody as 
long as I kept rather quiet about it. But 
all this publicity — all this coming out 
all over the pages of the papers and 
television — she can’t handle that very 
well. She feels embarrassed about it. 
People have been kind to her. I sense 
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she . . . the shame she feels to some 
extent. My kids, who know, as far as 
they are capable of knowing anything 
at age twelve and two, are fine. 
They’ve not been ... at this point, 
apparently, they have not received any 
taunts from the other kids. 

I imagine that a lot of things hap¬ 
pened that brought you to that particu¬ 
lar service on the 24th of July. Could 
you describe what it was that was the 
turning point, what was it that made 
you overcome these things? 

In recovering from alcoholism, I 
knew I had to get totally honest with 
myself or I was going to drink again. 
That sounds very rational, a lot of the 
stuff that has happened to me over the 
past year and a half has not been ra¬ 
tional. It was very much instinct and 
feeling and that’s kind of a great 
change for me because I have always 
been a head person. I always try to 

analyze things. Several things hap¬ 
pened: I began to feel good having 
stopped drinking. Then about six 
months sober, I began to get the feeling 
along the way, because booze was so 
mixed up with my sexuality, that if I 
could stop drinking that I could, some¬ 
how, maybe, and I’m grinning at this, 
the gay part of me would go away. 
That turned out not to be true, ob¬ 
viously, and it only became stronger 
and more obvious. Certainly one of the 
significant things in my life was when I 
met Jimmy again. 

How long ago did you meet Jimmy? 

Nine years ago, casually, purely cas¬ 

Was that something that was casu¬ 
ally carried on for nine years? 

That wascasually carriedon for about 
seven years. One year we didn’t see one 
another. I was very bad with alcohol. 
That was six and a half years ago. 
Also, he got fed up with me, I almost 
killed both of us one night after my 
wife left me ... I got rip roaring drunk 
and swerving all over the road. I guess 
I fell apart and bawled and everything. 
So we didn’t see each other anymore, 
anyway, and I didn’t give a damn any¬ 
way at the time. 

And then about six months sober, 
accidentally, I was in downtown Prov¬ 
idence for totally different reasons and 
there he was. I couldn’t believe it. We 
got together again and several things 
happened. I realized that I didn’t have 
to drink over him, that was kind of the 
first thing. I really came out with 
Jimmy. I began to go out to places like 
the Fife [The Fife and Drum] and the 
Gallery, that was about four months 

I remember thinking, is this all 
right or isn’t it for me? And the feel¬ 
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rung to be good. Then I realized I 
wasn’t feeling guilty anymore. Much 
of this was built in. For years I’ve had 
no problems accepting other people 
being gay. I couldn’t accept it for my¬ 
self. I had myself in a straight jacket. I 
worried about what other people 
would say — how could I continue my 
profession? I remember one morning 
sometime along the way there, Jimmy 
had gone off to work and I was having 
a second cup of coffee. I just began 
bawling because I was saying it was 
alright. It’s alright, what I have is 
alright, it’s good. I just bawled and 

Did you ever get to the point where 
you thought of taking your life? 

No, not really, I guess, it was exces¬ 
sive, compulsive drinking — that can 
be said to be suicidal. It probably can 
be said to be, but, no, I never got to the 
point where I began to think about slit¬ 
ting my throat or shooting myself. I 
also believe without any question what¬ 
soever that God ... I finally accepted 
the reality of God into my life even 
though I had been peddling God for 
many years and doing very well at it — 
successfully, and Finally, I accepted 
reality by the grace of God in my life 
which got me off the sauce, off the 
booze and also got me out of the 
closet. Loving God got me out of the 

But did you have any friends to talk 

Jimmy. I really can’t stress the grace 
of God and my belief in that. Finally, I 
began to get the feeling also that you 
come out of your closet and it’s going 
to be alright. “Trust Me and it will be 

Was it at that point that you decided 
to come out to the congregation? 

This happened last fall. I was still 
i uptight until last December about this. 

That was when some anonymous per¬ 
son was making phone calls to several 
prominent families, saying in a very 
breathy low voice, “Do you know your 
pastor is gay?” I got very uptight 
about that. Today or several months 
from now, it will be very laughable. 
But at the time, last December, I was 
very uptight. It was only about that 
time that I began going to the Fife and 
the Gallery — seeing other gay people. 
It wasn’t until last March that I began 
to come to MCC here in Providence. 
This all happened over a year’s time. 
Just about a year. I came out to Joe 
Gilbert who was the pastor of MCC at 
the time. I got to know him because he 
and I had been involved, about three or 
four years ago, on a task force with the 
American Baptist Church of R.I. 
‘Homosexuals and their Relationship 
with the Christian Church.’ 

I was the chairperson for one year, 
still pretending to be straight, of 
course. I didn’t freak Joe out at all. He 
said that he always accepts whatever 
people want to assume about them¬ 
selves, it’s alright with him. I had the 
pleasure of coming out to Joe before 
he left Rhode Island. I found that the 
more I came out, the better I felt. I be¬ 
gan to tell friends in the church who 
meant a lot to me. Because, of course, 
this was an important part of my iden¬ 
tity and I accepted it and felt good 
about it. I felt very good about it. It 
didn’t happen all at once, don’t get this 
wrong, this happened over a very long 
time. As another friend of mine said: 
‘You don’t have a drum roll and the 
closet door snaps open.’ It doesn’t 
happen that way. Although it was the 
same friend that indicated that, al¬ 
though it seems slow at the time, I 
guess, it would be like coming out of a 
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Did you get up there and tell these 
people who you were for their sake as 
well as yours? 

For their sake too. That’s been 
acknowledged since I have left, by 
some of them. You make it sound like I 
spent a lot of time puzzling over trying 
to make a decision. Much of my life 
over the past year, a little over a year 
now, has been letting things happen as 
they are going to happen, and operat¬ 
ing by instinct or whatever and stop 
trying to figure things out and worry¬ 
ing what the hell the results are going 
to be. I just knew ... I just was going 
to come out. I didn’t know if I was 
going to come out in my last Sunday or 
not. I knew that by the time that time 
came I would know, and Saturday 
afternoon at 4 o’clock or so I knew. I 
knew when I was going to do it. It was 
going to happen during the announce¬ 
ment period rather than during the ser¬ 
mon, and I knew what I was going to 
say. So, it wasn’t a rational decision, in 
the sense of weighing the pros and 
cons, it just seemed to be the right 
thing to do — the next step of a process 
that began, as I said, over a year ago. 
This led to that and that to that, next 
thing you know I was saying it to the 

Was that you last Sunday? 

Okay ... a month previous to that I 
resigned and had to give thirty days 
notice. That again sounds like a deci¬ 
sion-making process, as I told you al¬ 
ready, I did not feel that, and had felt 
that for a long time, I was no longer 
called to be a pastor to that church. 

I announced somewhere along the 
way, around June that I would resign 
effective Nov. 1. Upon hearing this, a 
movement began to get going, ‘Let’s 
get rid of him sooner, he’s going to 
resign anyway, so let’s ask him to re¬ 
sign. At which point, it was the unami- 
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Why did they do that? 

The reasons stated, it had nothing to 
do with being gay, although again most 
of the people there at that time knew 
that. And if you want to try and sort 
out the underlying gay thing, the stated 
reasons were, “he is no longer called to 
be the pastor of this church, we 
agree.” I can’t sort it out. It’s all mixed 
in together. 

Realizing what was going to happen, 

I preempted any discussion and any 
vote by saying I resign, please accept it, 

I beg you to. It’s about time we parted 
company. I did that as an attempt to 
heal because there was an awful lot of 
conflict going around in the church, I 
don’t know how the vote would have 
come out if they had brought it before 
the floor to have me resign. 

Considering the whole experience 
that the people at the church have gone 
through by being open about your 
homosexuality, do you see now that 
you have left something behind there 
that will hopefully benefit them or is it 
just going to be all forgotten, hoping 
that it will never happen again? 

One always hopes for the best. I’ve 
learned that the scuttlebutt since then is 
that there is very little talk about it all 
over the church as if people are avoid¬ 
ing it. On the other hand, I would hope 
when the dust settles that some people 
would realize several things. Like for 
instance, that I’ve always been gay. 
They’ve always had a gay pastor al¬ 
though he wasn’t open about it. 

That I did all right as pastor of the 
church; that the church accomplished 
many things; that I did not fulfill the 
stereotypes that they had of gay peo¬ 
ple, most of them, because most people 
were fooled. It’s got to have positive 
results, it’s just got to. 

Do you believe that one can still go 
to church as a homosexual? 

There are some clergy in Warwick 
you could certainly go to, 1 Know 

them, and it would be alright, they 
would be accepted there. Certainly 
there are other clergy, God help them if 
they ever did turn a gay person away, 
because that would be a sin. Yes, I do 
know many clergy who would accept 
these people as they are and would be 
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Are there any vampires in the closet? 

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No doubt about it, vampires have 
always received bad press. They are 
portrayed as nocturnal brooding crea¬ 
tures lurking in fog, having a definite 
dislike for mirrors, garlic cloves, 
crosses and, lest we forget, the most 
loathesome wooden stakes, silver bul¬ 
lets, and, of course, the dreaded sun¬ 

Vampires can’t be all that bad. 
Novelist Anne Rice, proves this with 
her recent book, Interview With The 
Vampire. In her book, the vampire 
isn’t much of a meanie at all. In fact, 
this “hobgoblin” hobobs with the elite 
nighttime theatre group in oP Paree. 
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 

Which leads me to wonder, if vam¬ 
pires can be such fun fellows, couldn’t 
they possibly be gay as well? 

Are there gay vampires? Perhaps. 
The thought is somewhat comical. A 
tearoom wall is graced with such graf¬ 
fiti: “Does Dracula suck?” Beneath 
the question, the obvious answer is 
scrawled: “No, man. He bites!” 

Need we say more? 

Yes! We all know that among the 
normal (that is, non-vampire) human 
population, one out of every six per¬ 
sons is gay. Could such a ratio be true 
for vampires? I doubt if Kinsey, Ann 
Landers or even Ripley’s Believe It Or 
Not have ever considered the notion. 

Surprising? Not really. Consider for 
a moment that (pre-Stonewall) gays 
have usually been very closeted. Along 
the same line, there haven’t been to 
many up-front vampires either. These 
two factions of people have done their 
darndest to stay pretty well hidden over 

the centuries. So within these familiar 
bounds of desired anonymity, isn’t it 
likely that these two group§ should 
overlap and merge at some point? 

With this in mind, and Hallowe’en 
right around the corner, what more 
appropriate time for us to delve into 
our gay roots, shuffle through our 
closets and discover our own blood¬ 
sucking heritage! 

For openers, let’s examine what TV 
has done (or not done) for the gay 
vampire. Some years ago, the ABC 
network had a horror soap opera. 
(Yes, I know all soap operas are hor¬ 
rors, but this particular show was a 
horror in its own right). The show was 
Dark Shadows, and it hosted more 
ghosts, ghouls, witches and demons 
than a Hallowe’en party. The stoiry 
took place in the modern (circa 1966) 
setting of the fictitious fishing village 
of Collinsport, Maine, hometown of 
the affluent Collins family. Perhaps 
the most popular character on the 
show was Barnabas Collins, the resi¬ 
dent vampire. Barnabas made his 
debut when Willy Loomis, a petty 
thief, attempted a robbery. Legend had 
it that the Collins family had a fortune 
in jewels stashed in a mausoleum on 
their estate. Willy, aided with chisel 
and crowbar, discovered a coffin 
wrapped in chains with a heavy gold 
cross lying atop it. Convinced that this 
was indeed the rumored fortune, dum¬ 
dum Willy (amid suspenseful back¬ 
ground music) snapped the chains and 
raised the coffin lid. Due to a tricky 
camera angle, the viewer never saw 
what Willy so obviously wished he 
couldn’t see. To the viewer’s horror. 

an outstretched hand lunged from the 
coffin and locked around poor Willy’s 
wrist. Here, the cameraman pulled his 
favorite stunt — fadeout. 

Okay, down to the nitty-gritty. 
Everyone know that for a vampire to 
control someone, he had to first suck 
their blood, that is, put the bite on 
them. The cameras never allowed us to 
see Barnabas attack Willy. No, the nip 
in the neck wasn’t even left to the view¬ 
er’s imagination. It was later written 
into the script that Barnabas had bitten 
Willy’s wrist. You see, according to 
Dark Shadows’ straight propaganda, 
male vampires bite female victims on 
the neck and male victims on the wrist. 
Indeed, as quoted in a conventional 
Boston newspaper (8/8/71), John Kar¬ 
len (the actor who portrayed Willy 
Loomis) admitted that Barnabas “. . . 
bit me on the wrist because back in 
1967 they were afraid to show a man 
biting another on the neck.” 

Tsk, tsk. What are they afraid of? 
Gay people do exist. Why not gay vam¬ 
pires? The same problem happened in 
1931. Bela Lugosi’s famous Dracula 
pulled the same silly cop-out. In that 
film, the Count was approaching his 
victim, the unfortunate Mr. Renfield, 
who had just swooned. Renfield was 
lying prone on the floor as Dracula 
loomed over him. At this point, the 
movie cut to a different, more happy 
scene in London. 

Needless to say, the film media 
hasn’t done a heck of a lot to promote 
the possibility of gay vampires. It 
seems filmdom has plenty to hide, 
what with their fadeouts and jump 
cuts. Ah well, people react strangely 

when they’re running scared. The 
thought of vampires actually existing is 
frightening enough, the gay vampires? 
[Hello, Anita! Are you catching all 

In the world at large, the lesbian is 
often ignored. The straight populace 
seems very aware and able to accept the 
existence of gay males, but is it possible 
that there are women like that? You’re 
darn right! So, in searching for the gay 
vampire, it is only fitting to give equal 
time to his lesbian sisters. 

The following selection, frighten¬ 
ingly enough, is not fiction. It does not 
deal directly with a lesbian, but it is 
about an actual woman who can be 
classified as a vampire. 

The Countess Elizabeth Bathory 
came from a rich and royal family. 
Among her relatives were King Steven 
of Poland (1575-86) and Count Gyorgy 
Thurzo, a prime minister of Hungary. 
Elizabeth was born in 1560. She was 
betrothed to Count Ferencz Nadasdy. 
They were wed May 8, 1575. The 
Count added Elizabeth’s surname to 
his own, thus allowing the Countess to 
maintain her family name. They set up 
residence in Castle Csejthe, in north¬ 
western Hungary. Count Ferencz was a 
great soldier and was known as “The 
Black Hero of Hungary.” His many 
battles kept him away from the castle. 
Elizabeth friefly disappeared on a 
lovers’ tryst with “a dark stranger. She 
eventually returned home, and the 
Count forgave her infidelity. 

It is believed that Elizabeth’s man¬ 
servant, Thorko, taught her occult 
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Dracula (Bela Lugosi) beckons graciously from the cobwebs of his castle. 

Elizabeth, along with her manservant, 
had an odd assortment of friends — 
among them, were two known witches, 
Dorottya Szentes and Darvula. 

With the death of her husband, Fer- 
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vain woman, and the thought of 
growing old and wrinkled was too 
much for her to bear. It is recorded 
that one day, a servant girl accidently 

hurt the Countess by tugging her hair 
as she combed it. Angrily, Elizabeth 
struck the girl. Without any intention 
to do so, Elizabeth had struck her so 
hard, it caused her to bleed. The girl’s 
blood fell onto Elizabeth’s hand. It ap¬ 
peared to Elizabeth that part of her 
hand tainted with the servant girl’s 
blood seemed to rejuvenate with a 
fresh texture not unlike the flesh of the 
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that by touching the blood of young 
maidens she could keep her skin beau¬ 
tiful forever. 

In the ten years that followed, un¬ 
married girls were lured to the castle. 
They were stripped and slowly bled to 
death, so that the Countess, in order to 
maintain her beauty, could bathe in 
their blood. 

Elizabeth’s atrocities came to an end 
when one of her would-be victims man¬ 
aged to escape and tell all to the local 
authorities. On December 30, 1610, 
Castle Csejthe was raided. McNally 
and Florescu tell us in the investiga¬ 
tions that followed, the bodies “of 
some 50 girls” had been found. In Jan¬ 
uary and February of 1611, a trial was 
held in which Mathias II, the King of 
Hungary, immediately ordered the 
death sentence for Elizabeth. But due 
to her famous royal family and politi¬ 
cal clout, the penalty was changed to 
solitary confinement for life. The 
“Blood Countess” died in 1614. 

IN 1971, a schlock horror film, titled 
Daughters of Darkness, had a very 
short run in Boston. It was the story of 
Countess Bathory; however, it was 
moved up to a modern day setting. 
What infuriates this writer is that 
Hollywood, with all its usual trap¬ 
pings, had to spice up the story with 
kinky lesbian subplots. The Bathory 
legend is sensational enough with all its 
blood and gore galore, but current 
American filmmakers, being a monop¬ 
oly of men, were compelled to make 
the story even more kinky and titillat¬ 
ing by tossing in a dash of lesbianism. 
(That is, lesbianism as they conceive 
it). Let it be known, that in all my re¬ 
search of the Countess Bathory, this 
writer has not found a single docu¬ 
mented sentence that proves her to be a 
lesbian. The true-life Countess, it ap¬ 
pears, was only a vampire. Sorry to 
disappoint you, Mr. Hollywood. 

It seems that lesbian vampires are 
more difficult to track. Mostly, they 
tend to be fanciful fabrications from 
(straight) male minds, which is almost 
enough to cause this vampire-hunter to 
give up the ghost and quit while she’s 

However, there is one fairly decent 
fictional lesbian vampire that I could 
introduce you to. Her name is Car- 
milla, and she can be found in the short 
novel of the same name. Carmilla is a 
hauntingly (no pun intended) beauti¬ 
ful, old-fashioned, Gothic horror story 
written by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. It 
first appeared in 1871 in a magazine 
called The Dark Blue. (It is believed 
that this story inspired Bram Stoker to 

set about writing the novel for which 
he is remembered — Dracula). 

The setting is southeast Austria, 
where nineteen-year-old Laura lives 
with her father and their servantrs in a 
solitary schloss (castle), deep in a 
forest. She is first visited by Carmilla 
in what she later considers to be q 
dream. Carmilla comes to stay at the 
schloss for some months. Little is 
known about her. She claims to be 
from a family that is “very ancient and 
noble,” yet she won’t reveal their 

Shortly after Carmilla’s arrival, a 
peasant girl in the village has died 
under strange circumstances. Laura 
fears that perhaps a plague is over¬ 
taking the county, while Carmilla 
fumes over the villagers’ maudlin senti¬ 
ments regarding death. 

They form an uneasy friendship 
There are times when Carmilla’s re¬ 
marks are odd, almsot frightening; 
then, she rapidly changes her tone, and 
Laura is comforted, reassured. The 
two young women are often physical, 
embracing, light kisses on the cheek, 
holding hands. They frequently ad¬ 
dress one another with tender words: 
“dear friend,” “darling,” “dearest.” 
In her attempts to win over Laura, it is 
not certain whether Carmilla is a vam¬ 
pire or merely a victim of one. How¬ 
ever, all suspicions are confirmed when 
it is proven that Carmilla (Her name is 
an anagram), is actually the long-dead 
Mircalla, Countess karnstein. Alas, the 
dark and sensuous vampire, Carmilla, 
is destroyed in true superstitious 
fashion — a stake is pounded through 
her heart, the vampire is decapitated 
and her remains are cremated. 

Years later, when Laura writes her 
narrative, she cannot forget the mys¬ 
terious friend she once knew: “. . .of¬ 
ten from a reverie I have started, 
fancying I heard the light step of Car¬ 
milla. . .” 

Do gay vampires exist? I whole¬ 
heartedly believe they do, but then 1 al¬ 
ways have had a tendency to root for 
the monster. I must admit, though, 
that I don’t feel any great urgency to 
meet one in the flesh. In fact, this 
Hallowe’en, I’m going to be sure to 
wear a gold cross about my neck. At 
the risk of seeming a trifle superstiti¬ 
ous, may I leave you with an olde Scot¬ 
tish prayer; although it isn’t guaran¬ 
teed to drive away Anita, it just might 
keep you safe from other monsters. 

“From ghosties and ghoulies. 

To long-legged beasties. 

And things that go bump in the night. 
Good Lord deliver me. ” 

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Who can pull the Bunnies out of 
Park Square’s old tricorn hat and with 
the same sleight-of-hand conjure up 
Boston’s newest gay nightspot from 
the remains of the Playboy Club! Club 
Max manager Paul Ford is doing the 
impossible with his crew of dozens of 
skilled laborers on precisely those 

Ushering me around ladders, 
through dust, over boards and noise, 
Mr. Ford gave me a preview and an 
insight into what all this excitement’s 
about. It’s the set up of Club Max, first 
of all — a striking series of planes right 
before the eyes as you enter. The levels 
of the place open into each other, rise 
and go down several storeys to create 
the immediate sense of “there’s 

The first level lounge is directly 
across an expansive foyer after the 
doorway. Situated under a dance floor 
that seemingly floats midway in the 
building, the lounge features a long 
copper-topped bar with sound and 
shock proofing at its ceiling to mini¬ 
mize the dancers intrustion from 
above. Club Max’ decor throughout is 
designed by Campbell Moreau of New¬ 
bury Street and is best described as 
natty basic black. Dark walls, charcoal 
wall-to-wall carpeting and a discreetly 
diverting selection of wall coverings are 
presently being installed. 

Choosing to investigate the disco, we 
walked up a wide few steps to where 
workers were putting mirrors along 
one wall. Floor-to-ceiling track lights 
will go up next to flank the mirror-rib¬ 
bons. They then rise past the disco level 

to be lost in the shadows of what 
appears to be a viewing gallery with a 
railing around half the room. This will 
be the full-service restaurant at Club 
Max, serving lunch, dinner and late 
supper menus for diners as they peer 
down at the dancers and reflections. 
To reach this second level, we have to 
go back out to the entrance and ascend 
the wide stairwell that unfolds itself up 
the building’s full height — a hand¬ 
some painted brick climb that Mr. 
Ford informs me will be accented with 
art-deco prints and chalk-and-charcoal 
pinstriped carpeting. 

The third level lounge is a big, bal¬ 
anced room which will host sofas and 
waiters dressed in tuxedo pants, vests 
and satin ties.. Away from the tri-amp- 
lified, three turn tabled sound system 
and special lighting at the very heart of 
Club Max, the third level lounge will 
insure comfortable conversation for 
those guests desiring a more romantic 
atmosphere. The whole feel of Club 
Max is one of “something for every¬ 
one.” I have high hopes for it. 
Everyone is invited to see all of this 
themselves Friday, November 4. The 

opening will be grand, of course . .. 

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With the new Club Max rising on the 
map, it’s sad to see some Boston land¬ 
marks going on to other things. Styx 
manager Robert Salterio is leaving his 
position at that vest-pocket bar for, as 
yet, an undisclosed broader horizon. 
Styx just won’t be the same for me 
without that big, bear-hug-of-a-guy . . . 
Karl Houston’s revue, All That Glitters 
Is Not Girls, has swished into P’town 

for a run at The Crown and Anchor’s 
Back Room . . . One of my favorites, 
The Fabulous Sex Change, Colette, is 
all excited about her first date — 
Tues., Oct. 25, that is, when she opens 
her own one woman show at Together 
. . . The Miss Gay East Coast Pageant 
at the same club saw Nina coming in 
first with my pals. Miss Cupcakes and 
Marsha Daniels in second and third 
place . . . On a few recent flights up to 
the Fenway, we’ve noticed that The 
Boston Eagle’s certainly filling its 
rustic space . . . And The Gallery in 
Providence has re-opened with its cli¬ 
entele intact and with more than its 
share of jaded out-of-towners checking 
out its unique set-up of fun . . . The 

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lovely Andrews Inn in Bellows Falls, 
Vermont, might be a good stop-over 
on that foliage jaunt now that the 
downstairs bar has been converted for 
women and the old Red Room has 
been outfitted for disco . . . You’ll 
have to travel a little to view the most 
promising art show this month — Kate 
Millet’s exhibition of drawings. The 
Lesbian Body, currently at the Levitan 
Gallery, 42 Grand St., NYC ... A 
good move right now is two re-runs 
coming up Nov. 9 at the Harvard 
Square Theatre —The Damned paired 
with Death In Venice . . . And live 
rumors report that Laura Nyro may be 
showing up at Don Law’s new club, 
The Paradise, up wherethe old Oz used 
to be . . . I’ve not much room, but I 
have to ask, “What on earth did that 
bartender have to do to get a tip from 
bountiful Bob White?” Goodbye till 
next week ... 

Baptist minister 

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their closets. 

What was the reaction to the article 
on you in the Warwick Beacon ? 

I admire the courage of the Warwick 
Beacon to print this on the front page. 
I talked to the paper and they said that 
maybe 20 to 30 percent of the reader- 
ship, based on comments and statistics 
taken, felt that it was an improper 
thing for the Warwick Beacon to do 
because it’s a family newspaper — 
x-rated stuff should not be in the War¬ 
wick Beacon, first page. 

What do you think that a city like 
Warwick needs to wake up to the needs 
of its gay citizens? Is it going to mean 

that they’re homosexual in the neigh¬ 
borhood where they have been living 
all their life and saying that they are 
still they same person they were be¬ 

You can’t get people out of the clos¬ 
ets until they’re ready to come out. 
You can’t drag them out of closets. 
Maybe some people have managed a 
half in and half out kind of existence, I 
can’t anymore and don’t want to. I ac¬ 
cept the fact that some do and appar¬ 
ently are alright. I wish the message of 
the gay pride parade in Providence this 
year had been “Gay People Are Every¬ 
where.” Your lawyer may be gay, your 
doctor may be gay, your clergyman 
may be gay, someone in your family 
may be gay. Gay people are all around 
us. That’s an important message. 









John Paul 


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GCN, October 29, 1977 • Page 17 




All’s well that ends—sometime. Any 
time. Work, work, work. It’s a terribly 
tough life, but I love you madly as always. 
All my love and stuff, Porcupine. _ 


May I take your order??? And a Wedgie 
banana to you too, all of you. So, Dennis, 
get us something to sell, already._ 

In this best of all possibles, I consider 
you maybe and perhaps, etc. Conman 

Together guy seeks trainer and keeper. 
Live in. Hide away. Devote self to my 
dude. Pic. a must. Contact: Russian Row- 
lett, Leary’s, B-20, Horsham, PA. (17) 

UConn graduate student 28, 6’4”, svelt, 
into warm and caring relationships seek¬ 
ing other GWM 18-30, no trash. I want real 
people. GCN Box 835. _ (17+) 


Looking for other goy persons in the Ply- 
mouth/Cedarville/Buzzord Bay area for 
companionship—socializing, especially a 
male 18 to 30 to possibly share house. Send 
name, address phone to P.O. Box 1663, 
Buzzards Boy, MA 02532._ (I?) 


GM, 30. new to So. Western NH seeks intel¬ 
ligent and attractive gay friends. Write KED, 
P.O. Box 279, Fitzwilliam. NH 03447. (17 + ) 

Happiest Birthday. Sorry we could not B 
there with U. We love you. Your 2 weenies 
up North. E & J._ (1?) 


Quiet, friendly student, new to area, seeks 
males, 22-35 preferred. I’m 22: 5’6": br; slim; 
Chicano: liberal views; conservative, schol¬ 
arly appearance. Reside Cambridge. Enjoy 
films, popular music, dancing, long walks, 
conversation. Seek mature, sensitive male 
who enjoys shoring good times. If you aren't 
huge or obese, looks and race unimportant. 
I’m not pushy: we could simply share a din¬ 
ner or go dancing. Anything more, welcome, 
but not expected. Write me about yourself, 
your likes and pleasures, your ideas and 
proposals. Out or your place only. No prep¬ 
pies. ego-maniacs, lobotomized musclemen, 
midnight cowboys. I can't guarantee a reply, 
but it won't hurt to try! GCN Box 836. (18) 

R U tired of standing around bars, 1 nite 
stands and the instability of the word 
love? If U value honesty & sensitivity, be 
heard! BGM 21, 5’9” in So NH sks masc 
QM 21-26 to dvtp a relationship based on 

the foundation of caring. Please write PO 
Box 875, Merrimack, NH 03054._(17) 

Didn't see you in P’Town this summer. I 
have thought of you often and am well, 
trust you are too. Don’t have your NY 
address. Fred/Amhersf, MA._(15 +) 

GWM, 20, 5’11”, 170, br. eyes, br. hair, 
seeks all gay in NH area and Boston esp. 
mustaches. Write David, 14 Stratford 
Ave., Apt. C-3, Durham, NH._(15) 

Professional GWF 40, trying to forget 
past, seeks new companionship. Inter¬ 
ested in music, sports, animals, etc. Very 
lonely. Please write. GCN Box 827. (15) 

I live alone in rural, interesting, culturally 
lively central NE area far from small 
family of yng children. Poor but self-sup¬ 
porting in industry, semi-professional in 
human services, college education, vege¬ 
tarian-leaning, non-smoking & drugs, 
little alcohol, I like home, family, close¬ 
ness, private times, dancing, total loving 
relationship with sex, outside interests. 
Would you be mature, educated, respon¬ 
sible, affectionate, alive to several inter¬ 
ests, honest, open, with sense of humor 
& love of home life & healthy activities? 
Please write; I promise you an answer. 
GCN Box 832 (19) 

GWF 28, would love to meet fern, or sexy 
appr. GWF for a very warm & affectionate 
relationship! Please respond to GCN Box 
805. (18) 

GWM woodworker, 37, seeks mature 
younger GWM, possibly as helper/ap¬ 
prentice, to share simple country life in 
Vermont. Photo, please. GCN Box 831. 



If you care about what happens to gays 
and want to contribute in some way, 
please contact Nancy at GCN Box K77. 
Give me some non-revealing way of 
getting in touch with you. Please make 
suggestions about how you think women 
in the closet can make some impact on 
the political scene without being 
exposed or uncomfortable in any way. 
Thanks very much. _(C) 

Late model Smith Corona machine. 
Original price $300, asking $200. Call 
Chacha at 482-5995. (c) 

Prof GWF 31 seeks sincere intelligent 
woman 28-43 who also desires good com¬ 
munication, quiet times, trust & a secure 
lasting relationship. GCN Box 818. (13 ) 

If you wish to respond to a box number In 
any of our ads, send to QCN Classifieds, 

Box _, 22 Bromfteld St., Boston 

MA 02108. 

Try a GCN Classified and get to know 
what good Isl If you see gays walking 
around the streets and smiling it’s 
because they've tried i: and liked it! Be 
the first on your block to have your very 
own GCN Box. 

APARTMENTS CLEANED Clean modern studio and 1 bdrm apts 

Reliable, efficient, call 241-7535, ask for now available. Back Bay near Pru. Please 

call Jay 267-7422 early evening and 
wkends best. Keep trying. (131 

Ma ri 


Gay male 5'6” 170 interests in radio, elec¬ 
tronics. Age 24 yrs. would like to meet 
others any race/age w/similar interests. 
Mark Box 3083, Lewiston, ME 04240. (15) 


Manuscript, thesis, term paper, authors, 
legal — all kinds. Rates start at 60« a page. 
C^ll daily 9 am to 6 pm. 241-7535. Ask for 
Tony. _(£) 

for sole 


For Sale in Newton, good opp. for Right 
Person, exc. location. Financing might be 
arranged. Priced for quick sale. Call 282- 
9214_ (16 + ) 

2 gold wedding bands from Shreves worn 
less than 2 wks—sizes 9'/j & 10. Cost $190 
will sell for $150. Call Ron (617) 266-6911 
evenings._ _(17+) 


2 Posters & 4-8tk Tapes of the King only 
$24.95. Send M.O. today—supply is limited. 
Send to: Scott, Box 348, B.U. Sta., Boston, 
MA 02215. _(18) 

service s 

PRINTING: The kind your mother would 
approve of: neat, clean, not too expen¬ 
sive, and produced with a smile. Bro¬ 
chures, letterheads, business cards — 
we do most kinds of printing. Also type¬ 
setting. Call us. Xanadu Printing, 


Individual & Couples 
Judith Sigler, Lyn Foley 
(Both MSW, ACSW) 

By Appointment 
J603) 224-5600 Concord 


Tired of dealing with many sales people? 
Have problems deciding where to invest 
your money for business promotions? D. 
Bellavance Agency will help you. Free 
consultations. Call 536-4400. A Board 
Member of the Gay Business Associa¬ 






For Quincy and Newton call 472-1331 
For Block itono Volley or NorrogonMtt lay Area 
CAU (617) SS3-S220 FOR APPT. 


160 Comm. Ave. (Vendome Mall) 
Boston (617)247-1832 

Complete home refurbishing. If you want it 
done right the first time, call the best at 
(617)353-0969._(17 + ) 


JAY ENGRAVERS, catering to the gay 
community, does fast, expert machine 
engraving of almost anything made of 
metal. Remember how awkward and 
sometimes frustrating it used to be to 
have jewelry, etc., engraved for your 
lover??? Now, all that can be happily put 
behind you. Bring this ad with you for 
$1.00 off on any job, any time. 333 
Washington St., Boston, 5th fl, rm 
536. (8,10) 


We have a few spaces left in our 12 week 
Personal Growth group for Gay Women. 
This group will offer a safe and suppor¬ 
tive environment in which you can define 
and explore issues that are important in 
your life. The group will meet Monday 
nights from 7:30-9pm at Homophile Com¬ 
munity Health Service, 80 Boylston St., 
Rm 855, Boston. Pre-group interview re¬ 
quired. Call now for appointment 542- 
5188. (16) 



in Allston. Call Tony Bosco 783-5131. 


5 rooms, hardwood floors, modern kit¬ 
chen and bath. South Boston-Dorchester 
line. $175.00/month. Call 282-9214. (16 + ) 

2 Bdrms rent controlled tenant organized 
avail Oct Fenway area. Laundry In bldg, 
park on street, near MBTA. $214, no sec 
dep rqd. Pet OK, resident supt. Call 267- 
1066,6-10pm only. 

8eautiful 5 furnished rooms. Quiet 8 re¬ 
spectable. Utilities by tenont. $250/mo. E. 
Boston 567-64 56_(17) 

2 rm studio 150, 3 rm 200, 5 rm 350 incl all 
utils., near MBTA. 266-4378, 524-3268. (17+) 

Boston Copley Sq, one bedroom $193. 
267-0397 _(IZ) 


GF sks friendly, clean, resp. rmmte to share 
Ig. 6 rm apt w/one woman on Beacon Hill. 
$151/mo incl. heat. Avail now or any time till 

12/1.742-0785. ___0?) 

Roommate—Beacon Hill 2 bdrm, mod kit, 
bath, exposed bk, d&d, must be non- 
smoker, and very independent. 523-4374. 


GM looking for home w/2-4 GM IN Camb. 
area. I am cat lover, plant lover, student of 
occult. Leave message for Lester at GCN 
426-8752. ___ ( c ) 

Clean, discreet roommate wanted to shore 
’’Showcase’' apt w/2 non-lover GWMs. Own 
rm 8 kitch 8 laundry facilities. $38/wk + 
phone. Call Al at 666-9697._(18) 

Beacon Hill nice 2 bdrm apt—need one 
roommate for immed. occ. Own bdrm for 
$110-130, negot. 367-1567, _(18) 

GWM teacher has large 2 bedroom apt to 
share with similar professional GWM. Your 
share 165. 227-3782. Call between 4-6 pm. 
Keep trying. _ (19) 

GM needed to share large 11 room luxury 
house in Dedham. Must be reliable and 
compatible. Call after6pm 326-8134. (17) 

•2 lesbians need 3rd to complete quiet, 
sunny, 3 bdr apt In house w/porches, res. 
area—Oak Sq. Bri, mostly veg., no cigs, 
rent 95/m + utf 1.782-3539. _(18) 

Belmont—2 women, 1 man need 2 rmtes 
to share 5 bedim apt. Rent $90/mo + 
utils & sec dep, near T. Friendly, open- 
atmostphere. Avail. Oct. 15. (617) 628- 
5474 Comma or Bruce. (15/0' 

GWM seeks 2 clean, discreet roommates; 
no alcohol or drug probs. Own room ea. 

+ kitchen & laundry fac. $38/wk. + 
phone. Call Al at 666-9697._(15) 

Male roommates wanted to share country 
house with two gay males in twenties, 20 
mins from Bos. Need car. GCN Box 830. 


Prfssnl GWM 30 looking 4 a nonsmoking 
responsible person 2 split 2 ways 3 bed 
lux apt 6 miles north of Bos!' Utilities 
furnished, ans. service, gym, parking!! I 
did not put this ad-N 4 sex! I pref a 
student or educated gay WM or WF! No 
lease necl month plus month n-adv is! 
$300 M each 322-1162 (call 5-7pm only). 



Classified Ad deadline is Tuesday noon (prior to Sunday 

All ads must be paid in advance. No ads accepted by 
phone. Make check or money order payable to Gay 
Community News, 22 Bromfield St., Boston, Mass. 

Since we serve all New England, please include your 
area code if your ad includes a phone number. 

Non-business: $3.00 per week for 4 lines (35 Characters 
per line); each additional line 25 cents. Headlines 
are 50 cents per week for 25 characters. 

Business (if you charge money for a service, you are a 
business): $4.00 per week for 4 lines (35 characters 
per line) and 50 cents for each additional line. Head¬ 
lines are $1.00 for 25 characters. 

If you wish to pick up your mail at the GCN Office: 

Our hours are 10 am. to 6 p.m. Monday through 

There is a charge of $1.00 for a phone number included 
in a Personal ad. 

Number of weeks ad is to run_ 

Box Numbers are available at $1.00 for 6 weeks if you 
pick up you mail. If, however, you’wish your mail 
forwarded, the rate is $3.00 for 6 weeks. Mail is 
forwarded at the end of the 3rd and 6th weeks. 
If you want mail forwarded for a 3 month period, 
a $5.00 charge will be made for the additional time. 

Please Circle one of the following ad categories: 

Headlines_at $_per wk. $_ 

First 4 lines_at $_per wk. 

Each additional line at $_per wk. 

Pick-Up Box No. at $1.00/6 weeks 
Forward Box No. at $3.00/6 weeks 
Phone Number in Personals at $1.00 
3 months forwarding at $5.00 

Please Print Neatly. 



. Zip 



Share 10 rm home with two gay males — 
North of Boston — near ocean and MBTA 
— B&M — Prefer mature working male. 
Short drive to Boston (617) 592-6494. (13 +) 
2 GF’s seek 1 other for friendly Beacon 
Hill apt., large sunny bedroom close to 
transportation. Rent 112.50 includes 

h/hw. Call 742-6656. _ ( 13 + > 


Vegetarian lesbian or gay man for a bal¬ 
anced, beautiful straight and gay home(1 
F, 2 M) in Winchester (near Arlington), 15 
min to Boston, 35 by bike or bus. Support, 
trees, tennis, track, garden, darkroom, 
$100,729-5668. _(H) 

GWM yng straight lookng college student 
lookng for same to share my cozy quiet 
furnished cottage on lake, Holland, MA. 
1-413-245-3268. _ (13 + ) 

Professional woman seeking woman to 
share suburban country home (Sudbury) 
to offset out-of-town college exp. Gay or 
straight. 443-9908 or 752-3903 after 
6 pm. __(14) 

Male couple needs home w/in 30 mi. of 
Manchester, NH. Nov. 1; prefer rural set- 
ting. Coll Kent or Jim (413) 549-6425. 


The Jim Clark Moving Co. 
24 hrs./day—7 days/wk.—No O.T. charges 
Local Jobs—Local Rates_354-2184 



A trio of bold and erotic statues: Solo, 
Homage to Priapus, Phallomania. Illus¬ 
trated brochure, one dollar. Waynesart, 
Dept. 42, 28 SE 9th St., Fort Lauderdale, 
FL 33316, _(18) 


WantigrouQlfpr serious[study of recorder, 
but also for fun & companionship — 
weekly — for beginners. Call Jim Henley 
eves (617) 964-5128._(13 + ) 


For beginners. Exp’d teacher, woman. 

Individual instruction $4/hr 
Call 523-3892 (16 + )■ 

job op 

Male lead wanted for reviews. Some 
stage exp. nec. Call 289-8366, 284-5476. 
Ask for Chris or Jerry. Only serious need 
apply. Call 12-7 p.m._ (?) 

Experienced keypunchers needed for vol¬ 
unteer work on sexuality survey. Contact 
Don Barrett at Box 761. 

| Responsible volunteer receptionists 
I needed 5-9 pm week nights. Answer 

phone, assist administrators. Join staff 
that serves the gay community. Homo¬ 
phile Community Health Service 
542-5188. (15) 

Tutor needed for graduate school basic 
statistics course. Name your price, flex- 
ible hours. 266-7031,_(15 + ) 


Four experienced male actors wanted for 
play reading. Students OK. Reply GCN 
Box 833._(15+) 

[To work at The House Restaurant in All- 
ston. Call Tony 783-5131. 


••P’TOWN FOR $4 DAY** 

Only at Carl’s Guest House in our new 
“Student Dormitory.” P'Town is active 
until Halloween—so are we—private 
rooms $8 and up. Even lower group, stud, 
and weekly rates available. Carl’s Guest 
House, 68 Bradford St., P’Town 02657; 


So. Vt. Small and friendly, kitchen priv¬ 
ileges and other features — mixed clien- 
! tele rate from $8. Come visit Gared, W. 
Dover, VT 05356. (802)464-5164. (17) 

i Northern Maine’s only gay guesthouse 
accepting reservations for 1977 hunting 
located in virgin country beyond roads. 
Jack's Chesuncook Village, ME 04441, (16) 

job wanted 

•Exp. mgr. w/bent to the arts seeks office 
or related pos. where being gay doesn't 
matter. Varied bkgrnd. Wing to relcte. 
Resume from GCN Box 823._( 15 ) 

Light housecleaning, odd jobs wanted. 
Call Taffy 482-5995. _ (c) 

Page 18 • GCN, October 29, 1977 

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Apply in Person 


(Formerly Playboy Club, Park Square) 
10am - 4pm — Mon. - Fri. 


Attractive 19 yr old mole wishes correspon¬ 
dence while at school. Enjoys travel, sports 
8 writing. GCN Box 837,_(17+) 

We get many requests from gays in 
prison to put pen pal ads in for them. 
Limited space prevents us frorfTprinting 
as many of these ads as we would like to, 
since the prisoners do not have the funds • 
to pay for their ads. We will print more if 
anyone out there is willing to contribute, 
i For each $3 we receive we can print one 
more pen pal ad. Send checks to Penpals, 
GCN Box k92. - (c) ' 


Dignity/Boston sponsors EXODUS MASS, o 
liturgy for gay and concerned Catholics 
every Sunday at Arlington Street Church 
(Boston), Boylston St. entrance at 5:30 pm. 
For info contoct Dignity/Boston, 355 Boyls¬ 
ton St., Boston, MA02114. Tel. 536-6518. (35) 

OF WORCESTER, church service at 6 In¬ 
stitute Road, 2 p.m. Sundays. Rev. Jos. H. 
Gilbert, pastor. 756-0730. The 3rd year 
begins._ f 

Metropolitan Community Church of Bos 
ton, services each Sunday at 7:00 p.m 
(hymn sing 6:45), 131 Cambridge St., Bos 
ton (Old West Church). Edward T 
Hougen, pastor. Office 523-7664. All per- 
sons are welcome. 

Lesbian Mothers National Defense Fund, 
2446 Lorentz Place, W. Seattle, WA 98109. 
(206) 282-5798. Membershio $5.00. 


ALC, LCA AND Mo. Uniting for justice, 
love, understanding in our church. 
Lutherans Concerned (for gay people), 
Box B-19114A, Los Angeles, CA 90019. 

—Men and women — Militantly gay — 
militantly proud — Join us at 176 Kansas 
St., Hackensack, NJ, every Fri. at 9 p.m. 
Political action caucus Tuesdays at 8:30 
D.m. (201) 343-6402. 

Stanford Gay People's Union welcomes 
you. Social hours, rap group, peer coun¬ 
seling, programs, parties. Phone (415) 
497-1488; mail to Box 8265, Stanford, CA 

Men, 40 and older, have problems differ¬ 
ent from young Gay Activists. Small dis¬ 
cussion group forming NYC. Call (212) 
242-8112 or write Burdick, Apt. 1C, 270 W. 
25th St„ NYC, NY 10001._ 

In New Jersey, the Gay Activist Alliance/ 
Morris County meets every Monday at 
8:30 p.m. using facilities of Unitarian Fel¬ 
lowship, Normandy Heights Rd., Morris¬ 
town, NJ. Info: (201) 884-0653; 347-6234. 


Join with the largest, fastest growing gay 
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more! Help support our work — join now. 
$15 membership ($5 limited income) in¬ 
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Rm. 506, New York, NY 10011. 

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Third issue of Heresies: A Feminist Publica¬ 
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Read the SENTINEL and find out. News, 
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classifieds. San Francisco’s NEWSpaper. 
Biweekly. $15/year. SENTINEL, 12 Sharon 
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A monthly journal of fiction, articles, 
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30 Avery St. 

At The House Restaurant. 

295 Franklin St. 423-7730 

Food, Mixed. 

12 Wilton St., Allston 783-5701 

Disco Dancing, Mixed, Sunday Brunch 


Men & Women. “It’s Different." 


88 Queensberry St. 247-9586 



Leather, Men, Thurs. Club Nite, Sunday 

45 Essex St. 

228 Cambridge St. 

Brunch 3PM, Movies Mon. & Tues. 8PM 

Dancing, Men. 

Food, Men, Saturday Brunch 5PM, 



Movies Mon., 3PM, Sunday Brunch 3PM. 

39 Boylston St. 338-7159 

12 Carver St. 338-8577 


Dancing, Mixed. 

Leather, Men, Sunday Brunch 7PM, Thurs. 

20 Blagden St. 247-3910 



Disco Dancing, Men. 

27 Huntington Ave. 266-7778 

52 Piedmont St. 338-7547 


Food, Men. 

Dancing Fri., Sat., Sun. Men. 

272 Huntington Ave. 



Leather, Men, Sunday Brunch 4PM. 

22 Avery St. 482-9040 

21 Essex St. 


Dancing, Men. 

Men (Some Women). 

110 Boylston St. 

CLUB 76 


Disco Dancing, Mixed. 

76 Batterymarch St. 542-3377 

119 Merrimac St. 523-8960 

1270 f 

Food, Mixed 

Dancing, Men, Tues.-Thurs. Buffet 9-11PM 

1270 Boylston St. 261-1257 



Disco Dancing, Mixed (Mostly Men). 

252 Boylston St. 247-9308 

15 Lansdowne St. 


Noon to 2AM, 7 days a week. 

Disco Dancing, Men. 

12 Carver St. 

Dancing, Games, Food. 



(Call 354-8807) Women. 


Gay Guide 

BOSTON AREA (Area Code 617) 

Access (Cambridge Hotline) 661-3900 

Am Tikva 524-1890,628-3986 

Cambridge Gay Political Caucus, 

P.O. Box 218, E. Cambridge 02141 492-3433 

Cambridge Women’s Center 354-8807 

Charles Street Meetinghouse 523-1081,354-8807 
Civil Liberties Union of Mass. 742-8020 

Daughters of Bilitis, 1151 Mass. Ave., 

Cambridge 02138 661-3633 

Dignity/Boston, 355 Boylston St. 

(Arlington St. Church) 536-6518 

Elaine Noble (Rep.) 727-2584 

Evangelicals Concerned 894-3970 

Fag Rag 536-9826 

Fenway Community Health Center 267-7573 

Fengay, c/o Tom Nylund 267-1066 

Framingham Unicorn Society, 

P.O. Box 163, Framingham 01701 887-8550 

Gay Academic Union of New England, 

P.O. Box 212, Boston 02101 266-2069 

Gay AlAnon, Greater Boston 471-6884 

Gay Business Ass'n (Job Bank), 

102 Charles St., Boston MA 02114 
Suite 129 739-2200 

Gay Community News 426-4469 

Gay Education Service (Human 

Achievement Foundation), P.O. Box 
398, Al Iton 02134 277-2484 

Gay Hotline 3-12pm, Mon.-Fri.) 426-9371 

Gay Legislation, P.O. Box 8841, 

JFK Station, Boston 02114, 

73 Tremont St., Rm 224 742-4811 

Gay Men’s Center, 

Box 614, Boston 02215 247-7312 

Gay Nurses' Alliance-East, P.O. Box 
530, Back Bay Annex, Boston 02117 
Gay People of UMass/Boston 287-1900 (X2396) 
Gay Professional Women's Assn., 

Box 308, Boston U. Sta., Boston 02215 
Gay Recreational Activities Committee 
(GRAC), c/o GCN Box 8000 
Gay Speakers Bureau. P.O. Box 2232, 

Boston 02107 354-0133 

Gay Way Radio (WBUR, 90.9FM) 353-2790 

Gay Youth Advocates, 70 Charles St. 227-8587 

Gender Identity Service 864-8181 

Good Gay Poets 536-9826 

Harvard-Radcliffe Gay Student Assn. 498-2014 

Homophile Community Health Service 542-5188 

Integrity, P.O. Box 2582, Boston 02208 262-3057 

Janus Counseling for Lesbians, 

21 Bay St., Cambridge 661-2537 

Lesbian Liberation, c/o Women's Center 354-8807 

Lutherans Concerned for Gay People 536-3788 

Massachusetts Feminist Federal Credit 
Union, 186V2 Hampshire St., 

Cambridge 661-0450 

Metropolitan Community Church 523-7664 

MIT Homophile League, rm 50-306 253-5440 

National Lawyers Guild. 595 Mass. Ave.. 
Cambridge 02139 661-8898,661-6358 

New Words Bookstore 876-5310 

Northeastern Gay Student Org., c/o 
Student Activities Office, 255 Ell Ctr. 

Older and Other Gays, c/o GCN, Box 1500, 

22 Bromfield St., Boston 02108 
Outreach Foundation for crossdressers, 
transgenderists and gender dysthorics, 

102 Charles St., Suite 433, Boston 02114 
Project Lambda 523-0368 

Project Place 267-9150 

Sexual Health centers of N.E., Inc. 

739 Boylston St„ Boston 02116 266-3444 

Fr. Paul Shanley (Exodus Center) 333-0146 

Tufts Gay Community, c/o Student 
Activities Office, Medford 02155 
Unitarian Universalists Office of Gay 
Concerns, 25 Beacon St., Boston 
02108 742-2100 

Women's Alcoholism Program, 1348 

Cambridge St., Cambridge 02139 661-1316 

Women's Community Health in 
Cambridge 547-2302 

WESTERN MASS. (Area Code 413) 

Berkshire Community Gay Coalition, Box . 

493, Pittsfield 01201 528-9433 

Common Womon Club, 78 Masonic St., 

Northampton 01060 584-4580 

Everywomen’s Center, Amherst 545-0883 

Gaybreak Radio (WMUA-FM, 91.9) 545-2876 

Gay Women’s Caucus, Amherst 545-3438 

Lesbian Union, 9th floor, Campus Center, 

UMass, Amherst 01003 

Southwest Women’s Center 545-0626 

Springfield Gay Alliance 732-9315 

Together, Box 427, Forest Park Sta., Spring- 
field 01108 

Valley Women's Center, Northampton 586-2011 
Williams Gay Support Organization, 

S.U. Box 3212, Williams College, 

Williamstown 01267 

EASTERN MASS. (Area Code 617) 

Cape Cod Gays (men), Box 301, Hyannis 02601 
Dignity Merrimack Valley 
P.O Box 348, Lowell 08853 
Everywoman’s Center, Box 949, 14 Center 
St., Provincetown 02657 (44-6 pm) 

Lesbian Support Group, Mercy Otis Warren 
Women's Center, 27 Winter St., 

Hyannis 02601 771-6739 

Martha’s Vineyard Gay Group 627-5370 

MCC/Worcester 756-0730 

New Bedford Women’s Clinic 999-1570 

Provincetown 24-Hour Drop-In Center 487-0387 

Survival Crisis Line 471-7100 

CONNECTICUT (Area Code 203) 

"Come Out Tonight," Box WYBC/Yale 
Station, New Haven 06520. 

CT Gay Task Force, P.O. Box 514, Hart¬ 
ford 06101 522-5575 

East Conn. Gay Alliance, Norwich 889-7530 

George W. Henry Foundation, Hartford 522-2646 

Gay Alliance at Yale, Box 2031, Yale 

Station, New Haven 06520 436-8945 

Gay phone counseling (eves.), New Haven436-8945 
Gay Switchboard 522-5575 

Gay Women's Collective, Women's Center, 

U-118, University of Ct., 

Storrs 06268 486-4738 

Hartford Gay Counseling 522-5575,232-5110 

Institute of Social Ethics/National Gay 
Archives, 1 Gold St., Suite 22B, Hart¬ 
ford 06103 547-1281 

Kalos/Gay Liberation, Hartford 568-2656 

MCC/Hartford 232-5110, 522-5575 

New Haven Lesbian Rap, 148 Orange St., 

New Haven 436-0272 

The Church of the Eternal Flame 

Universal 527-2656 

UConn Gay Alliance, University of 
Ct., Box U-8, Storrs 06268. (Office: 
rm. 211 Student Union (10-4 M-Fl 486-2273 

Yalesbians, Box 2031, Yale Station, 

New Haven 06520 436-8945 

RHODE ISLAND (Area Code 401) 

Brown University Gay Lib, 305 Faunce 
House, rm 510, Providence 863-3062 

Dignity/Providence, Box 2231, Pawtucket 02861 
Gay Help Line 751-3322 

Gay Community Services of R.I., 55 Eddy 
St., rm 306 

Gay Women of Brown, c/o Sarah Doyle 
Women’s Center, 186 Meeting St., Provi¬ 
dence 02912 863-2189 

Integrity, Box 71, Annex Sta., Providence 02801 
MCC/Providence, 134 Mathewson St. 751 -6023 
MCC Innovative Ministry (terminally ill, 
aged and handicapped), Rev. Michael 
Nordstrum 272-8482 

Providence Gay Group of AA 231-5853 

MAINE (Area Code 207) 

CMGA, Box 2242, Augusta 04330 
Confidential Drug and Alcohol Rap Group, 

Box 4542, Portland 04112 
Gay People's Alliance, 92 Bedford St. 773-2981 

University of Maine, Portland 04103 ext. 535 
Growing...Sober and Gay, Box 893, Water- 
ville 04901 

Maine Freewoman's Herald, 193 Middle 
St., 3rd floor, Portland 04111 774-6071 

Maine Gay Task Force, Box 4542, Portland 
04112 773-5530 

Maine Lesbian Feminists, Box 125, Belfast 

Mainly Gay, Box 4542, Portland 04112 773-5530 

The Wilde-Stein Club, Memorial Union, 

University of Maine, Orono 04473 

NEW HAMPSHIRE (Area Code 603) 

MCC-Extension, ^92 State St., Portsmouth 
03801 382-4678 

Nashua Area Gays 673-5315 

N H Lambda, Box 1043, Concord 03301 228-8542 

Northwood Women's Group, G. Ball, Box 
273, RFD 1, Manchester 03104 
NOW Lesbian Rights Task Force, 

4 Valentine Hill Rd., Durham 02834 

VERMONT (Area Code 802) 

Counseling-Support for Gay Women, c/o 
Susan Katz, South VT Women’s Health 
Center, 187 N. Main St., Rutland, VT 
05701 775-1518 

Gay Student Union, Univ. of VT, Burlington 
05401, M-F, 7-9 pm 656-4173 

Women’s Center, 182 Main St., Burlington863-l236 


Affirmation (Unitarian Universalist Gay Caucus), 
34 Chestnut Rd., Delmar 12054 
Capital District Gay Community Center (7-11pm), 
332 Hudson Ave., Albany 12210 (518)462-6138 

Capital District Gay Political Caucus, 

Box 131, Albany 12201 (518)462-6138 

42 Tyler House, 17 So. Fitzhugh St., 

Rochester 14614 (716)232-6521 

Empty Closet Collective, 1255 Uni¬ 
versity Ave., Rochester 14607 (716) 271-6750 

Gay Alliance of The Genessee Valley, 

Inc., 713 Monroe Ave , Rochester (716) 244-8640 
14614 or 244-9030 

Gay Brotherhood of Rochester, 

713 Monroe Ave., Rochester (716)244-8640 

Gay Liberation Front, U. of R., Wilson 
Commons, Rochester 14607 (716)275-6181 

Gay Task Force, 713 Monroe Ave., 

Rochester (Mon. 7pm) (716) 244-8640 

or 244-9030 

Hamilton-Kirkland Gay Alliance, Box 80, 

Hamilton College, Clinton 13323 
Lambda Univ., Box 131, Albany 12201 


Lesbian Resource Center, 713 
Monroe Ave., Rochester 14607 (716)244-9030 

NY State Coalition of Gay Organizations, 

Box 131, Albany 12201 <518)462-6138 

Stonewall Society, Pougkeepsie (914)473-3857 

NEW YORK (CITY) (Area Code 212) 

Ass’n of Gay Social Workers, c/o Ron 

Ginsberg, 345 W. 21st St., apt. 1-A 234-8683 

Church of the Beloved Disciple, 

348 W. 14th St., 10004 242-6616 

Gay People at Columbia, Columbia U., 

10027 280-2574 

Gay Switchboard, Box 805, 

Madison Sq. Sta., 10010 777-1800 

TheGlines, 260 W. Broadway 925-2619 

Lambda Legal Defense, P.O. Box 5448, 

Grand Central Sta., 10017 758-1905 

Lesbian Switchboard 741-2610 

MCC/NY, 201 W. 13th St. 10011 242-1212 

National Coalition of Gay Activists, 

P.O. Box A-711, Grand Central Sta.. 


National Gay Task Force, 

80 Fifth Ave., rm 506 741-1010 

Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, 

15 ChristopherSt. 255-8097 

Tri-base Collective 533-4492 

West Side Discussion Group, 

37 Ninth Ave. 675-0143 

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24 mon 

29 sat 

30 sun 

Cambridge — Focus: A Journal for Gay 
Women has meeting. Call 259-0063. 

26 wed 

Cambridge — Lesbian Task Force of 
NOW, all welcome, 99 Bishop Allen Dr. 
(basement), 7:30pm. 661-6015. 

28 fri 

Cambridge — Berkley Women’s Music 
Collective benefit for Transition 
House, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Uni¬ 
versity. $3 donation at door or in 
advance at New Words or 100 Flowers 
Bookstores. Free childcare call 

Amherst, MA — People’s Gay Alliance 
at UMass cordially invites all gay 
people to a Halloween Disco. Music 
begins at 9pm, 10th floor, Campus 
Center. $1 donation at door. Costumes 

Boston — Gay People’s Halloween 
Poetry Reading/Workshop, Cate Gal¬ 
lery, Dartmouth & Appleton Sts., South 
End, 8pm. 

Cambridge — 2nd Annual Benefit Mas¬ 
querade Ball presented by PUMA & 
Family and Friends of Prisoners at The 
Club, 823 Main St., 8pm to 2am. Music, 
dancing, prizes. Tickets at door $5. 

Cambridge — Gay Folkdancing for 
women and men, 3-6pm in Peabody 
Room, 3rd floor Phillips Broks House 
(north end of Harvard Yard). 

Assertiveness Training — A two day 
workshop for women is being held at 
the Lenox Hotel, 710 Boylston St., 
Boston, sponsored by the Women’s 
Educational and Resource Enter¬ 
prises, “WE ARE”. For information 
call 277-5944. 

Boston area “Women Against Violence 
Against Women” will hold a rally in 
support of an end to the use of sex¬ 
ual violence in advertising. The rally 
will include a Guerilla Theatre pre¬ 
sentation concerning the boycott of 
Warner, Elektra and Atlantic records. 
All supporters are encouraged to at¬ 
tend. 1pm at Harvard Square, Camb. 

Women’s Concert Series presents 
Sherli Sherwood at Kingston, MA, 1 
pm. For directions call 1-585-8826. 

Boston — “In the Best Interest of the 
Children,” a film about lesbian mothers 
and child custody cases. Discussion 
after with two women who made the 
film. 4pm, Arlington St. Church. $2.50 
suggested donation. Free childcare by 
Men’s Childcare Collective. 628-9573. 


31 mon 

• r » • • 

Boston — Halloween open house, 
before primping for the parties: Vege¬ 
tarian, collectively-run restaurant, “The 
Hedge School.” Come for natural 
treats. 5:30-8pm, 211 Bay State Rd. 
(near B.U.). 


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